De Villiers could be side-lined for the 2015 World Cup


Lock, Victor Matfield and scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, are both in the running to captain the Springboks if current captain, Jean de Villiers, is unavailable for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

De Villiers dislocated his kneecap during the Boks 12-6 loss against Wales at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. He was carried off the field in the second half.

The 33-year-old underwent scans on his knee after Saturday’s match with Springbok’s team doctor, Craig Roberts, saying that the scans revealed “significant ligament damage to the inside of his knee and the supporting muscles.”

“Jean will return to South Africa and see an orthopaedic specialist in Cape Town early in the week. He has had previous surgery on this knee, and the further management of the injury is dependent upon the specialist’s recommendations.”

 De Villiers is said to be in for a long recovery and may only return to the squad in several months’ time, jeopardising his participation in the Rugby World Cup.

"Losing our captain was a big setback," Bok coach Heyneke Meyer said

"Jean has had so many knee injuries. Victor Matfield's a great leader. But I feel really sorry for Jean. I hope he will be back for the World Cup. Fourie could also be captain. I hope he's going to be fit for the World Cup, because we'll definitely need him if Jean is not going to be there," he added.


Photo Caption: Springboks captain, Jean De Villiers, being carried off the field during the match against Wales on Saturday. Photo courtesy of