De Villiers rugby career may be over


Springbok captain, Jean De Villiers’s Test career may be over, according to his orthopaedic surgeon.

De Villiers dislocated his knee cap during last weekend’s match against Wales and was taken off the field during the second half.

On Monday, the Springbok website announced that De Villiers will have to undergo reconstructive surgery as scans have revealed that he has significant ligament damage in his knee.

“We are currently consulting with the best specialists in South Africa to determine the best way to approach the surgery as there are potentially a few options available,” Springbok team doctor, Craig Roberts said.

“It’s imperative that the best course of action is decided on so that Jean can start recovery and rehabilitation as soon as possible to give him the best chance to be fit for the World Cup.

Springbok media manager, De Jongh Borchardt, has said that the orthopaedic surgeon does not want to make early presumptions. They are currently looking for the best way to approach the 33-year-old’s injury.

“They first want to open up and go in and see what is damaged and how severe it is,” he said.

Springboks coach, Heyneke Meyer is hoping that De Villiers will be able to recover in time for the Rugby World Cup which begins in September next year. Lock Victor Matfield or scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, will take his place as captain if he does not recover in time.


Photo Caption: Springboks coach, Heyneke Meyer, is hoping that his captain will recover in time for the Rugby World Cup. Photo courtesy of: