Jean de Villiers visits St Andrew's College


St Andrew’s College was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to listen to a presentation from ex-Springbok Captain Jean De Villiers, and have lunch with him.

His stories captivated the learners as well as the teachers, as they listened to the retelling of his life and lessons that he has learnt from playing rugby. He spoke of the adversity and setbacks he had experienced throughout his career due to the injuries had had suffered, and how lessons in life are never painless, that a person has to struggle in order to finish their quest to achieve their dreams and goals.

During his difficult times he spoke of how he fell back on his foundation of FFF (faith, family and friends). One piece of advice he gave to St Andrew’s College, was that they should surround themselves with supportive people during tough times, and that people who will have a positive influence and who will have your best interests at heart on each person’s road to success.

The main lesson he focused on was that “good people make good rugby players”. By this he meant that what you do off the field, has a direct influence on what you do on the field. He encouraged the students to be the change that they want to see in the world.

For Jean de Villiers, success is not about winning trophies or medals but rather about rising up when the odds are stacked against you (beating Samoa after losing to Japan). His mind-set is to strive for excellence even though you can’t always achieve it, you will however become a better person in doing so.

Caption: Jean de Villiers addressing the St Andrew’s College pupils at Assembly. Jean de Villiers is seen with St Andrew’s College matric pupils, from left to right: William Marx, Martin Kruger (Deputy Head Boy) and Sazi Sandi (Head Boy)