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Springboks captain De Villiers retiring after World Cup

Springboks captain Jean de Villiers retiring from test rugby after one more go at World Cup

Springboks captain De Villiers retiring after World Cup

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- Springboks captain Jean de Villiers says he'll probably retire from internationals after one more crack at the Rugby World Cup.

The veteran center says "the reality is" that Saturday's Rugby Championship test against Argentina will be his last in South Africa and he won't play for the Springboks next season.

Next month's World Cup might feel like the first for De Villiers, who made his debut in 2002 but has had terrible luck with injuries around the showpiece tournament.

He was ruled out in 2003, got injured in the first game of South Africa's victorious 2007 campaign, and again had his participation cut short in 2011.

De Villiers also nearly didn't make this one, and is returning for his first test in eight months after recovering from a serious left knee injury.


Updated : 2021-09-22 10:36 GMT+08:00