Rugby Championship

No-arms Nonu ... the hypocrisy!

2013-09-16 14:00
Ma’a Nonu (AFP)
Cape Town – Of all people, Jean de Villiers has done so little to deserve two malicious “coat-hangers” in the space of five Test matches.

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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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