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De Villiers ‘leaning towards staying’


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Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks, Stormers on 13 May 2009 at 13:25
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Stormers and Springbok star Jean de Villiers is “leaning towards” staying in South Africa because of “unfinished business” with the Boks as well as his ambition to be the next Springbok captain.

Ashfak Mohamed reports in the Cape Times:

That was the message from De Villiers’s agent Stan Matthews on Tuesday. There has been widespread speculation that De Villiers was set to move either to Irish club Munster or one of several clubs in France or even England.

“Jean has not made a final decision yet but he is leaning towards staying in South Africa,” said Matthews. “He’s had so many disappointments at World Cups with injuries. The 2011 tournament is not too far away so he is leaning towards having a good build-up towards that by staying in South Africa and playing for the Stormers and Springboks.”

Matthews says that De Villiers’s desire to become the next Springbok captain is as strong as ever.

“We know John Smit is the captain now but we don’t know what will happen in the next two years leading up to the World Cup and after that,” he said.

“Jean has an ambition of becoming the next Springbok captain. He has a good relationship with Peter. There is also a big Lions series coming up soon and the Tri-Nations after that. Jean wants to do well in that.”

De Villiers, who is one of the world’s most creative players, has been given a greater leadership role in the Bok backline and relished the responsibility.

He excelled during an injury-free 2008 season where he played a mammoth 32 games in total. He received due recognition by claiming the SA Rugby Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards.

De Villiers has reportedly received big-money offers from all over the world but Matthews said that financial considerations were not the most important factor for the Bok centre.

“Jean is passionate about rugby in this country,” he said. “He loves playing for the Stormers, Western Province and, of course, the Springboks.

“He has always stated that he would like to have a different rugby experience overseas but he still has a lot of unfinished business in this country.

“It is not about the money. Clubs in Japan have offered Jean serious money to play there, much more than he will get in Europe, but he knows that the standard of rugby there is not high enough.

“He knows that he will get a real rugby experience in Europe and play in top-level competitions and with some of the best players in the world.”

Matthews said De Villiers wouldn’t make a decision on his future without consulting the Bok coach or the Stormers management.

“Jean has been well-looked after by SA Rugby and Western Province so he would sit down with Peter and WP Rugby managing director Rob Wagner before deciding on anything,” he said.

Meanwhile De Villiers and Andries Bekker are unlikely to play in the Stormers’ final Super 14 match of the season against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Stormers media manager Frikkie Erasmus said on Tuesday both players would be given until Wednesday before a final decision was made.

“They didn’t train with the team on Tuesday,” he said. “They are two important players so coach Rassie Erasmus is giving them as much time as possible to be ready.”

The Cheetahs, though, will definitely be without scrumhalf Tewis de Bruyn, who was yesterday suspended for three weeks by Sanzar for a “dangerous tackle” on Bulls wing Akona Ndungane on Saturday.

In other Western Province news, Lions lock Cobus “Varkhond” Grobler could join WP in time for the Currie Cup. It is believed that Grobler could sign with WP next week, after the Super 14 competition is completed.

WP are desperate to bolster their second-row resources as AJ Venter will retire at the end of the Super 14, while Bekker is likely to be in the Bok squad for the Lions series. Adriaan Fondse is also still injured and may be back a few weeks into the Currie Cup while George Earle is in a similar conundrum.

Grobler has not featured for the Lions Super 14 team in the 2009 competition but is an experienced player, having made his senior Vodacom Cup debut for the Lions in 2002. He has played Super 14 rugby for the Cheetahs (2006) and Lions (2007 and 2008).

Grobler was also part of the Emerging Springbok side under Chester Williams that won the 2008 IRB Nations Cup in Romania last year.



47 Comments

  • This is VERY good news.

    I hope Peter Grant reads this and decides to stay in order to play alongside the best inside center in the world. :cool:

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.05.09 13:28:02 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : On paper at the moment :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.05.09 13:43:16 by Charlie Reply

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  • Varkhond is a good player and just the sort that WP should be looking to recruit.

    They should look to pick up Ross Genldenhuys too

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.05.09 13:55:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    or maybe Pat Cilliers?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.05.09 13:58:13 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Pat’s not stupid, mate.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.05.09 14:05:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Stop leaning and stand upright you luigat!

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.05.09 14:06:32 by Morné Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : injury prone… he’ll fit right in.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.05.09 14:10:39 by molly Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 6) : :lol: Have you seen your avatar???

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.05.09 14:17:05 by Rahul Reply

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  • If The Sharks had JdV In their squad Im sure we’d have more bonus points and in the semi’s. Great centre :!:

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.05.09 14:19:32 by Rahul Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 7) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.05.09 14:23:22 by wpw Reply
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  • In other Western Province news, Lions lock Cobus “Varkhond” Grobler could join WP in time for the Currie Cup. It is believed that Grobler could sign with WP next week, after the Super 14 competition is completed.

    So Rassie has bought another prop! :razz: That is why Mujati is leaving.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.05.09 14:25:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • ‘Meanwhile De Villiers and Andries Bekker are unlikely to play in the Stormers’ final Super 14 match of the season against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.’

    DONT PLAY HIM…he must be 100% fit for B&I Lions

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.05.09 14:25:15 by Rahul Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : It did sound like he was fed up (with SA rugby?) in the article

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.05.09 14:26:55 by Rahul Reply

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  • We know John Smit is the captain now but we don’t know what will happen in the next two years leading up to the World Cup and after that,” he said.

    It will be that Girly Man from Tswane. :evil:

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.05.09 14:29:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • with all the injuries jdv has had i am not surprised he is leaning. at least he can still stand. :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.05.09 14:29:57 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : um?

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.05.09 14:34:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : Wynand Olivier for Bok captain? Surely not! :shock:

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.05.09 14:35:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : Victoria :?: :roll:

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.05.09 14:37:00 by Charlie Reply

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  • It seems as if he (or his agent) is taking it as a given thing that he will be captain after Jon Smit. I’m really not so convinced considering his teams efforts when it really counted – twice last year against the Lions and this whole Super 14 season. Not exactly inspirational.

    Hell Luke seems to be getting more out of the Stormers than Jean has.

    But then again his great friendship with PdeV must count for something. :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.05.09 15:05:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) : A good relationship with PdeVil wont make him a good capt and Im pretty sure PdV won’t base his decisions on that!

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.05.09 15:11:55 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) : Chilliboy will be the next Bok Captain

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.05.09 15:18:34 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 20) :
    I only brought it up because either his agent or the journalist were intent on telling the world about it.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.05.09 15:19:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 21) :
    Hopefully he will first become Bulls regular captain.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.05.09 15:25:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) : I thought it was a bit optomistic…

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.05.09 15:31:23 by Rahul Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : :smile:

    @Charlie (Comment 18) :
    YIP!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.05.09 16:33:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Stormers media manager Frikkie Erasmus said on Tuesday both players would be given until Wednesday before a final decision was made.

    “They didn’t train with the team on Tuesday,” he said. “They are two important players so coach Rassie Erasmus is giving them as much time as possible to be ready.”

    Seems Rassie is hiding things from him as well now. The Stormers team has been announced already. :razz:

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.05.09 16:43:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I heard Rassie being interviewed and he made it clear that both Jean and Andries will definitely not play.
    So we can expect to see them take the field then… :twisted:

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.05.09 20:14:34 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 27) :

    Yeah you are probably 100% correct, They will just HAPPEN to be in Bloemfontein. :roll:

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.05.09 20:24:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I just came on to saaaay….

    3 KILOMETRESSSS!!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.05.09 20:52:52 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 29) :

    IN…

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.05.09 20:53:44 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 30) :

    13:58!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.05.09 20:55:01 by klempie Reply

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  • I am now just 500m short of my goal.

    Where are the naysayers wpw et al NOW?! :twisted:

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.05.09 20:56:35 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 32) : when are you going to actually start running a real distance?

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.05.09 20:59:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : What do you mean by “real” party pooper?

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.05.09 21:07:45 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 34) : 5 km would barely count as a real distance

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.05.09 21:29:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : OK how fast do you do 5km in?

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.05.09 21:32:08 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : I reckon he will also be off overseas after the Lions tour. Big money to be made…especially in France!

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.05.09 22:59:48 by Villie Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 36) : run it first. Then we’ll talk about times. And the fact that you’re about 40kilos lighter than I am :-)

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.05.09 23:01:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • Don’t think he is gonna stay….

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.05.09 01:09:08 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 21) :

    I cannot think of anyone else either….unless Jean gets it…

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.05.09 01:16:30 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : Speaking of kilos…

    How’s this? I had a bout of flu 2 weeks ago and it cost me 2 kilograms!! :evil: It’s the only thing I can think of as a cause as I don’t think my eating or exercise habits have changed at all.

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.05.09 09:27:20 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 32) :

    Dude I always had your back… it was Prof.Ice I promise it was!! :roll:

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.05.09 09:35:46 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 42) :

    Klempie, RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A WPW supporter has your back. :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.05.09 09:44:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 42) : It was her too but YOU started it! :evil:

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.05.09 09:49:42 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 43) : I’m running, I’m running! :shock: At 4:40 per kilometres to be exact. :cool:

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.05.09 09:50:40 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 44) : :oops: :roll:

    I can’t even remember…

  • Comment 46, posted at 14.05.09 09:51:00 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 46) : :twisted:

  • Comment 47, posted at 14.05.09 09:57:46 by klempie Reply

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