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How Bok captain Jean de Villiers will be remembered

Speaking to 702's Stephen Grootes, former Springbok player Joel Stransky heralded Springbok captain Jean de Villiers as a "true gentleman of the game".

De Villiers has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup and sadly announced his retirement from international rugby yesterday. This follows a fracture to his jaw in the Pool B match against Samoa in Birmingham on Saturday.

Stransky said he was gutted for De Villiers and said he would also be remembered as the unluckiest Rugby World Cup player of the game - this because De Villiers had been selected for four World Cups and at each one he suffered an injury.

Listen to the conversation below:

EWN sports contributor Jeremy Harris said Samoa are known as a very physical team and the national squad must have anticipated scars and injuries.

Although critics said de Villiers was not on form, Harris advised that it was not the captain's mandate to be the fittest on the field.

The captain doesn't have to be the best player on the field; he has to be a leader that motivates and unites the team.

Jeremy Harris, EWN sports anchor

Former Springbok captain Corne Krige said senior player Victor Matfield would most likely be announced as the new team captain.

Krige said losing a captain was sad, but the squad must be consoled by the fact that other seasoned leaders will continue to support them on the field.

Nothing can buy the amount of experience held by Matfield and Schalk Burger - to be at the top of your game for 16 years. You have to play on the field and be there. That influence and calmness is invaluable.

Corne Krige, former Springbok Captain

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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