Jean de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Retired Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has landed in Cape Town after a fractured jaw resulted in his early exit from the Rugby World Cup.
De Villiers received an unintentional shoulder to his jaw in the Boks' World Cup clash last Saturday against Samoa which resulted in yet another injury for perhaps the unluckiest player in the storied history of Springbok rugby.
After X-rays confirmed the fracture, De Villiers announced his retirement from international rugby after 109 Tests in the Green and Gold.
De Villiers touched down at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. He will undergo surgery on his jaw before heading back to the United Kingdom to act as an advisor for the Boks for the remainder of their World Cup campaign.
The Boks play Scotland at St James' Park in Newcastle on Saturday. Kick-off is at 17:45 SA time.