Cape Town - Springbok captain Jean de Villiers might be in a
race against time to be fit for the Rugby World Cup, but he’s very confident
that the team will be ready to compete for the Webb Ellis trophy in September.
De Villiers suffered a serious knee injury during the
Springboks’ final 2014 Test against Wales in Cardiff.
Since then, the 34-year-old has been solely focused on his
rehabilitation, giving himself the best chance of recovering in time for the
Rugby World Cup.
He was involved at the recent Springbok training camps in
Johannesburg and Cape Town earlier this year, while he recently ran a few
drills at the Stormers headquarters.
Despite achieving positive results during his
rehabilitation, De Villiers stressed that he’s taking things as they come.
“Once you start seeing the plans fall in place, one gets
very excited. Seeing the jersey and wearing it for the first time (at the launch
in Cape Town), makes everything more of a reality,” De Villiers told
“Right now, I’m still focusing on my rehab and making sure
I’m strong and fit enough to get back on to the field. That’s the prize that’s
really driving me to push all the way. I’m taking things week by week… day by
Speaking about the team preparations, De Villiers commended
Heyneke Meyer and his management for their planning ahead of the Rugby
Championship and World Cup.
“Heyneke and his team have been focused on this World Cup
year ever since the final whistle blew against Wales last year,” said De
Villiers. “They’re leaving no stone unturned as we go through every step.
“Obviously, Super Rugby has been priority for the guys
during the opening months, but when it’s time for the players to join the Bok
camp, we will be determined to do well during the Rugby Championship, going
into the World Cup.
“Every guy wants to play his part, and we will be very well
prepared for the challenge.”
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