Jean's Irish stay short-term?

2009-12-14 09:55

Jóhann  Thormählen

Bloemfontein – Springbok centre Jean de Villiers has said that it is too early to speculate about his future following reports in Irish circles that his move to Munster will only be a short-term one.

The Irish Independent this week likened the Boks’ involvement with Munster with that of Australian flank Rocky Elsom, who only played for Irish side Leinster for one season.

De Villiers says that his contract has been drawn up with an option to continue playing after a year.

However, with the World Cup coming up in 2011 and the selectors not keen to pick overseas-based players, the Irish may well be correct.

“I will only make a decision next year,” said De Villiers.

He added that he is enjoying it a lot at the Irish side and is not looking back for a minute.

De Villiers said that it is obviously a dream to play for the Boks again, but that he is only focusing on Munster for now.

He does not want to comment about the World Cup in 2011 and a possible return.

“I have learned not to plan that far ahead. My experiences of World Cups have not been that good,” he said.

In 2003, De Villiers was injured shortly before the tournament, while in 2007 he played in only one game before having to withdraw.

The 28-year-old will therefore be keen to play in a full tournament.

“I’m just concentrating on Munster for now and will see how things look next year,” he said.

While De Villiers was one of the Boks’ best backline players in their recent game against Ireland, the view has been expressed that his impact at Munster has not been big enough.

He only got game time in the 74th minute of Munster’s match against Perpignan in Limerick on Friday night. Munster won the game 24-23.


  • Awwsum - 2009-12-14 10:04

    I hope the Lions management can read and reads this article.Pick up the phone and contact him!

  • junsau - 2009-12-14 10:05

    kom trug stormers toe jou doring... (rubs his hands in anticipation) Jaque fourie and Jean de villiers playing for the stormers. Perhaps a premeditated move there by the great Rassie... ball gets passed by the Bulls, Jean intercepts but is tackled by the ever blitsige spies (who's blomming at the back as usual) but not before Jean lets off a pass to Jaque who runs straight into the bulls fullback trampling him, howver Kirch manages to hold onto an a Fourie ankle so fourie lets off the pass to Habana who dashes through dotting the ball under the poles.

  • Bokkie - 2009-12-14 10:11

    ...coming home already..?? ...He he he ...!!

  • Met Uysh! - 2009-12-14 10:20

    Munster may have won this game, but was losing by the time Jean took the field, he was responsible for winning quite a few turnovers and for some insane reason a try was disallowed after one of his turnovers. His IC replacement looked less than ordinary, Munster would have won far had Jean started.

  • delboy - 2009-12-14 10:37

    come home there is a place for you on the wing at the BULLS

  • Wes - 2009-12-14 10:54

    @ Awwsum Jean will NEVER move to an unprofessional union like the Lions!! But then again he might because your contracts are as tight as Jenna Jameson's 'you know what' lol Jean will only return to WP now that his Bok midfield partner is here in Slaapstad!!!

  • RK - 2009-12-14 11:05

    Kom terug na my toe..maak ons velde weer goed...Hou die aanvallende teenstanders aan die raai daar ini kaap. Volgende jaar is die WP s'n en ons soek jou. Jou Fan

  • jl - 2009-12-14 11:36

    @junsau the old stormers primadonna didnt make the cut overseas, no surprise. Now let me revise that little deluded piece of LSD induced fantasy of yours... bulls pass the ball, de villiers attempts an intercept, symptomatic of the WP inability to construct tries from set pieces/phase play- gerhard van den heever catches up with him, smashes him on his left shoulder via cover defence and puts him out for the whole season. The ball spills loose, treason habana picks it up, not before spies ankle taps the scumbag, his ankle breaks- no try rassie convenes another meeting with the WP affirmative action laden board (whos run the union into the ground)- my god who are we going to buy now? a non-affirmative action board member responds, Rassie jou d&&S maybe you should have started developing players through age level structures like the bulls and sharks? huh?? eks net 'n dom boer. sorry.

  • Boerseun - 2009-12-14 12:29

    Hallo Jean,Koebaai Jean.

  • Deon - 2009-12-14 13:13

    Jean enjoy your off season break at Munster. Once you are well rested come join Fourie, Habana & co. at the Stormers to provide the most exciting backline in SA.

  • @JL - 2009-12-14 13:15

    Ja boet as you said -you just a dom boer, and will probaly stay one as well........

  • MALEMA - 2009-12-14 13:34


  • @Malema - 2009-12-14 13:54

    Dream on, Julius. That team wouldn't make it past the 1st round.

  • anica - 2009-12-14 14:02

    @MALEMA What is Ruan Pienaar doing in your team , isn't he white ? maybe a window dressing?

  • Dirty Harry - 2009-12-14 14:07

    Malema, whorry about next year. I spent a lot of money on tickets!

  • World Cup - 2009-12-14 14:19

    @malema - If that team plays we will not be in the final - we will not be in the semi-final, NO we will not even be in the quarter final of the under 21 World Cup - but you know that. We will end up looking like Bafana Bafana.

  • Blikperd - 2009-12-14 14:36

    Malema, if playing a all black team will make the best day of your life, you really have no life. It is sport not politics. I feel sorry for you and hope you will one day realize that playing black players because of their skin colour will never solve anything.

  • Bokka - 2009-12-14 14:47

    MALEMA, ...after a few games, that team will also be ranked no 86 in the world... ...he he he he..!!!

  • @Malema - 2009-12-14 14:57

    You know what Malema, IF they were the 15 best players available at the time, then most rugby supporters, apart from a few verkramptes who belong in the 1830's and 1840's, would actually support them 100%.

  • Ho Hum - 2009-12-14 15:55

    Just another example of a problems supporter who can't make it in the big world.At least in Cape Town mediocrity is accepted.What a bunch of dickheads they nurture in the Cape.HaHaHaHaHaha!!!!

  • Sure! - 2009-12-14 17:56

    Shame a BB will always be a low class idiot! WP players don’t make it overseas??Victor cried like a whore who just lost her street corner to a youngster and John Snit also came running back very quickly. So if you do want to say something tries and speaks sense. No place for Jean at WP so the BB should get a sponsor to buy them some class and brains for Loftus. While busy doing that also tries to buy BJ and CJ seeing that you don’t have front row players at the moment.Loftus will be empty next year!

  • pdw - 2009-12-14 21:06

    I hope the slimmes at Newlands get their chequebook ready, 'cos he's coming home, and Province won't have to worry about empty seats again. We haven't had a lineup that good since '89! We can sommer spoil ourselves, and give Puke to EP, as an early Xmas pressie! And Malema - I want what you smoke!

  • craig - 2009-12-15 09:30

    Malema - you guys have tried an all black side with your soccer team who im embarressed to say is our national side . Maybe we should have an all white soccer team for 2010. The last time we did well was when we had white men as captain and coach .

  • Plonkie - 2009-12-15 10:12

    ...the only way Province is going to win cups, is when they buy 15 players from the Bulls and Sharks and ask Jake White to coach them.... ........bye-bye Rassie...

  • Anti-Plonkie - 2009-12-15 11:03

    Dear little Plonkie, WP can scrum. Blue bulls and Sharks have been lucky to get away with poor scrumming and actually bad decisions from ref's put them in the game the previous season. The last test did once and for all showed to RSA the risk of playing without good props. Disgraceful to be bullied and to surrender. So before you build the back line get the ball. Fetchers! Scrums, Line-outs. Btw Spies can get a bad ball to his backs and Fourie is brilliant given the fact that his scrums were dancing backwards like ladies. Province and Cheetahs will survive with a tight 5. Trying to avoid the scrums, disrupting it or avoiding the pressure, (ask Steenkamp he knows) will work as long as the ref is yours, or ignorant.

  • Anon - 2009-12-15 16:57

    @Malema, get a life!! Go and talk $%^& somewhere else.

  • StuartW - 2009-12-17 09:40

    @ MALEMA, only one thing wrong there my boy....and that is the word "Final", sorry, but that team won't make the final, yes, there is some great players in there that will be in the team in 2011, but unfortunately some of your choices will not be there, and will never be there ever least you also believe that Earl Rose is useless and should not be long last you got 1 brain cell.....

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