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Green light to play for De Villiers

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South Africa centre and captain Jean de Villiers has been cleared to return to the game this weekend following a rapid recovery from a knee injury.

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De Villiers, who had a full knee reconstruction towards the end of 2014, is one of six injured players who were given the all clear from the Bok medical team to be considered for selection against the World XV on Saturday. The others are Pat Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Lionel Mapoe, Schalk Burger and Lood de Jager.

Although centre Jan Serfontein (hip and knee) is recovering well from his injury, he will not be considered for selection this week. Furthermore, hooker Scarra Ntubeni and scrum-half Faf de Klerk are over their ankle niggles from late last week and took full part in training on Monday, while flank Heinrich Brüssow (broken arm) has recovered well, but is still a week or two away from playing.

“Our medical team worked very hard on the injured players and it’s a great positive to see the guys return,” said Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on Monday.

“I’m especially pleased for Jean. He worked incredibly hard with the Springbok and WP medical teams to get back to match fitness and we’ve got a plan for how we want to manage his return, which could involve matches for his province.”

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  1. Well I certainly hope he will be playing off the bench…

    If so I wonder who was running at 13 with De Allende… Mapoe or JPP?

    Surely too much of a gamble to start Mapoe… even though JPP has been gobshite at 13 this year?

    If not and HM is gambling on JDV it will be the old WP combo… with Mapoe off the bench (due to injuries and looking at the squad)… outside chance JDJ might be there…

    Ah who knows… hate this musing…

  2. @Jacques:

    Not 100%… probably JPP then with Hendricks (huhmmm) taking his place…

    LIONEL MAPOE (knee)
    “We’re very happy with him. He’s had a full session so he’s cleared to play if the coach wants to select him.”

  3. For Pete Sake –
    Is EVERYBODY injured? Mapoe too?
    Hopefully this is some weird rope-a-dope tactic HM is deploying because the casualty reports are getting beyond disconcerting.

    I don’t think AB coach Steve “Puffy” Hansen has one guy out but for Cruden & that was known ages ago.
    For all I know the NZ guys are doing Muay Thai Boxing on weekends because they’re bored & the farmers guard their sheep when no weekend games are scheduled.
    The contrast in injuries between the two sides is very stark.

  4. @Jacques:

    In a perfect world he would get some time off the bench… but thereis nobody else except JDJ which would make sense due to the combo with DDA… but not in terms of I cannot see it being a stop-gap measure for one game…

    @Americano:

    Yep… the below first choices all fit…

    NZ Centres:
    Nonu/Smith
    SBW/Fekitoa
    Crotty

  5. Leaving aside whatever one might think of Jean as a player, his comeback from this I jury was very impressive, even before he has played a minute of rugby.

    Seeing the injury against Wales last year, I for one though that was it, his playing days were over, but to come back to get the green light for selection is a massive achievement in itself. Well done Jean, and now to see how he will go the field.

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