Jean de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Birmingham - South Africa captain Jean de Villiers was sent for X-rays of his jaw
after a fierce Rugby World Cup encounter with Samoa that left several
De Villiers was the only player taken to
hospital but coach Heyneke Meyer said several others had been hurt in
Saturday's 46-6 win at Villa Park.
South African officials said
they would release full details on Sunday, clearly anxious about the
possibility that De Villiers' World Cup jinx has struck again.
has blighted the centre's previous tournaments, with only handful of
his 109 caps over the past 13 years coming at the World Cup.
Villiers missed out on the 2003 tournament, six months after he suffered
a serious knee injury five minutes into his debut against France.
is officially a 2007 winner, though he tore his biceps during the
opening game of the tournament in France and took no further part as the
Boks went on to be crowned world champions.
At the last World Cup
four years ago, he went off after only 25 minutes of the first game
against Wales with a rib injury and made only a cameo appearance later
on as South Africa went out at the quarter-final stage.
34-year-old's inclusion in the squad for this year's tournament is
something of a medical miracle. Last November, he dislocated his knee
cap and sustained significant ligament damage against Wales.
given little chance of playing again, the resilient De Villiers made a
remarkable recovery to be recalled for the recent southern hemisphere
Rugby Championship, only to break his jaw against Argentina last month.
"It is the other side of his jaw that is hurt. We wait and see," said Meyer.