Cape Town - Amidst concerns over Duane Vermeulen and Demetri Catrakilis,
there was a shining light at Monday’s Stormers training session.
It came in the form of Springbok captain Jean de Villiers,
who was running at pace through a Robbie Fleck backline session.
De Villiers was moving freely, looking in no apparent
discomfort throughout a fast moving, if not physical session.
The Bok skipper is trying his utmost to regain full fitness
ahead of September’s Rugby World Cup after rupturing his knee ligaments against
Wales in November last year.
De Villiers was looking so good yesterday that Coetzee was
asked – only half seriously – if the 34-year-old would be able to play for the
Stormers before the season was out.
"He’s been looking sharp at training," Coetzee said.
"But it’s definitely not the time for Jean to be part of any
contact situations yet. He’s doing really well."
De Villiers certainly has a spring in his step again, and
Coetzee said that he could see how desperate the 106 Test veteran was to get
back to competitive rugby.
"He’s energised, he’s looking fresh. I can see he wants to
get his hands on a ball and get the feel for it again, which is good," said
"In non-contact situations with the team it is great to have
him here. There is a nice energy coming from his side."
The Springboks play their first World Cup match against
Japan on September 19.