Jean De Villiers Announces His Retirement From International Rugby


South Africa captain Jean de Villiers has announced his retirement from Test rugby after being ruled out of the rest of the World Cup due to a fractured jaw.

The 34-year-old centre earned his 109th cap during the Springboks’ 46-6 thrashing of Samoa in the Pool B encounter yet it proved to be his final international appearance.

That makes the 34-year-old Stormers man the fourth most-capped player in the history of South African Test rugby.

“When I got injured yesterday and I left the field, I knew that I had played my last Test for South Africa,” said De Villiers.

“Rugby will be poorer without Jean,” said coach Heyneke Meyer. “He is a true ambassador for South Africa.”

De Villiers added: “Injuries are part of rugby and I’ve had my fair share, so by now I know how to cope with them. It’s very sad, but life goes on.”

Rugby Union - South Africa v Samoa - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B - Villa Park, Birmingham, England - 26/9/15 South Africa's Jean de Villiers in action with Samoa's George Pisi and Rey Lee-Lo Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic

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