Jean De Villiers rugby player
Jean De Villiers rugby player

Jean De Villiers

24th Feb 1981 1.90m/103kg Outside Centre

The experienced midfielder took on the captaincy of the Bok team in 2012 after leading the Stormers to top place in the Super Rugby log, and has also taken on a new role at outside centre.

Having burst onto the international scene as a wing De Villiers settled at inside centre alongside Jaque Fourie, but shifted to No.13 under coach Heyneke Meyer.

A hard runner and solid tackler, De Villiers is one of the most consistent centres in the world.

He looked destined to lead the Springboks to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, however, in 2014, while playing against Wales in Cardiff, De Villiers suffered a horrendous knee injury threatening to rule him out of the tournament.

He underwent an extensive rehabilitation process in order to be considered for selection and was announced as captain in Meyer's 31 man squad.

Unfortunately after an illustrious international career, 2 games into the World Cup De Villiers injured his jaw and retired from international rugby.

In November Jean de Villiers decided to have another crack at European rugby as he signed for the Leicester Tigers.

His first game was on 19 February 2016 against Harlequins in a 19–25 loss at The Stoop.

(LS April 2017)

Career

munster Munster Rugby
Inside Centre
2009 - 2010
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
Inside Centre
2013 - 2013
sa South Africa
Inside Centre
2002 - 2015
stormers Stormers
Inside Centre
2005 - 2015
image Western Province
Inside Centre
2002 - 2015
leicester Leicester Tigers
Inside Centre
2015 - 2016