Cape Town – Of all people, Jean de Villiers has done so
little to deserve two malicious “coat-hangers” in the space of five Test
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Apart from being one of the cleanest players on the
top-flight rugby circuit worldwide, the veteran centre is also blossoming more
and more as Springbok captain, not only maintaining high personal performance
standards but also excelling for tactical expertise, calm decision-making and great
diplomacy in the role.
The first in this year’s international season came in June
at Loftus, when Samoan wing bruiser Alesana Tuilagi stiff-armed him to the hard
Highveld deck and was swiftly red-carded and suspended for two weeks – at least
justice was seen to be decisively served there, especially as De Villiers had
done anything but “milk” the incident.
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