Bok captain must be based in SA - Jean

2017-02-23 09:00
Jean de Villiers (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers feels the national team’s captain should play his rugby in South Africa.

The Springboks will have a new leader in 2017, after Adriaan Strauss opted to retire from international rugby at the end of last year.

De Villiers, who captained the Boks between 2012 and 2015, on Wednesday spoke to Netwerk24 at SuperSport’s headquarters in Randburg, where the new Super Rugby season was launched.

“It’s simply too tough to consider someone playing overseas as captain. It won’t work,” De Villiers said.

The captain should be someone certain of his position in the Springbok starting team, De Villiers said, which makes it tough for him to see Lions No 8 Warren Whiteley being made captain.

Handre Pollard (Bulls), Pat Lambie (Sharks), Francois Venter (Cheetahs) and Siya Kolisi (Stormers) could become candidates for the position in 2017, De Villiers reckons.

Players like Duane Vermeulen (Toulon, France), Bismarck du Plessis (Montpellier, France) and Francois Louw (Bath, England) have in the past been mentioned as possible candidates for the Springbok captaincy, but the fact that they ply their trade abroad makes it a tough probability.

While SA Rugby is yet to make an official announcement, the expectation is that Allister Coetzee will be retained as Springbok coach.

Coetzee endured a torrid first season in charge in 2016, winning just four of 12 Tests.

His first assignment in 2017 will be a three-Test series against France in June.

The first Test is scheduled for Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on June 10, the second for Kings Park in Durban on June 17, while the third and final match will be held at Ellis Park in Johannesburg (June 24).

Read more on:    springboks  |  jean de villiers  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who should walk away the winner in the Team of the Year category at the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.