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Jean de Villiers: Springbok career in numbers

2015-09-28 10:52
Jean de Villiers (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - A look at the key numbers which defined the career of Springbok captain and centre Jean de Villiers.

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De Villiers called time on his international career after suffering a fractured jaw in South Africa's 46-6 win over Samoa on Sunday.

In numbers: Jean de Villiers' Springbok career 

1 - De Villiers made his debut against France in November 2002, he lasted just 5 minutes before suffering a serious knee injury

2 - Number of times De Villiers has won the Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship

3 - Participated in three Rugby World Cups

5 - Number of national teams represented: SA Schools (1999), South Africa Under-19 (1999-2000), South Africa Under-21 (2001-02), Springbok Sevens (2002), Springboks (2002; 2004-2014)

6 - Number of Rugby World Cup match appearances

8 - Number of tries scored in his first 10 Test matches

13 - Played in all 13 of South Africa's Test matches in 2008

27 - Number of Test tries

29 - SA record for the number of Test caps as a centre combination together with Jaque Fourie

34 - Age at date of retirement

38 - Number of times captained the Springboks

51 - Number of Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship appearances

54 - De Villiers is Springbok captain No 54

94 - Number of caps played as a centre (national record)

103 - Weight in kg's

109 - Number of Tests played 

135 - Number of Test points

2005 - SA Rugby Player of the Year nominee 

2007 - Rugby World Cup winner despite only featuring in one match after tearing his biceps

2008 - Golden year for De Villiers after winning SA Rugby Player of the Year (also won in 2013) and the Players’ Player of the Year award

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