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Has Jdv’s World Cup bogey resurfaced?


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 18 May 2011 at 18:27
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Springbok and Stormers centre Jean de Villiers, who has been cursed by injuries in past World Cup years, will hope that his latest setback isn’t serious enough to spell disaster for a third time.

De Villiers will miss the Stormers’ Super Rugby crunch match against the Blues on Friday with a chest injury that coach Allister Coetzee fears may rule his vice-captain out of the remainder of the Cape Town franchise’s tour of New Zealand and Australia.

“It’s an old injury that was picked up against the Crusaders and he had another knock to the chest against the Chiefs   which he has aggravated further,” Coetzee told rugby365.com’s Timmy Hancox.

“He’s in a lot of pain at the moment and he couldn’t complete training on Tuesday, so he’s been sent for a scan and we’re waiting for the specialist’s opinion.

“We’re still no sure of the extent of the injury, but it’s his chest muscles and his sternum, so there are two places with some excess fluid and some bleeding.

“After we hear from the specialist we’ll make a decision about whether he can continue on tour or not.”

The injury prone centre’s international career started with awful luck when he suffered a serious knee ligament injury just five minutes into his Springbok debut against France in 2002 as a 21-year-old.

After six months on the sidelines De Villiers returned to action and caught the attention of the national coaches with superb form in the Currie Cup and was included in the 2003 World Cup squad.

However, in the Boks’ final warm-up match against the Falcons he ruptured shoulder ligaments and missed the showpiece event, although that could be argued to be a blessing in disguise as South Africa’s campaign was their poorest to date.

The former South African Player of the Year was an established senior member of the Bok setup at the 2007 World Cup, where he tore a bicep in the opening match against Samoa  – which ruled him out of what would be a victorious campaign for the team.

The 30-year-old has shown tremendous resilience to come back from so many injuries and win 67 Test caps for his country – now holding the record as the most capped Springbok centre.

De Villiers could be excused for wondering if lightning will strike a third time and derail what is likely to be his last opportunity to take part in a World Cup.



31 Comments

  • I really hope he makes it to this WC: he deserves that.

    Sicknote of Andre Pretorius levels though.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.05.11 18:37:17 by Big Fish Reply
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  • “It’s an old injury that was picked up against the Crusaders and he had another knock to the chest against the Chiefs which he has aggravated further,” Coetzee

    Old injury that was picked up against the Crusaders :?: :shock: :?: :shock: :?:

    I could have sworn the Stormers played the Crusaders just the week before the Chiefs. :???: :???: :???:

    Well managed there Stormers. :sad:

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.05.11 18:38:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Really hope JdV makes the WC. Not only is he a brilliant 12 but he’s very versatile as well. Not that I’d play him anywhere but at 12.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.05.11 18:46:59 by Ben Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) : he has been such a great Bok that it would be really unfair to him not to participate in the WC fully. :cry:

    But (i know one should not start the sentence with but) on the other hand I think it’s time to give De Jongh a full try. I am really worried that Boks are gonna field the golden oldie team. :|

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.05.11 18:48:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 3) : i think he’s time is up. plus you can’t justify playing him on the wing anymore.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.05.11 18:48:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 5) : On the wing is a just in case 2 wingers get injured in a game. Which is what I meant. Can think of 6 wingers I would prefer to him on the wing.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.05.11 18:51:00 by Ben Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 4) :
    De Jongh is a 13, not a 12: doesn’t have the passing game for 12.

    Also, I’m not convinced that De Jongh is ready for international rugby. Not enough variation on attack.

    The only challenger to JDV at 12 is Fransie Steyn. There, I said it. :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.05.11 18:51:08 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) : i know, i know. and the truth is that the stormers are the only SA team that have good centres IMO right now (rather painful admission).

    I like Steyn at 12 (but then what about 15?). but I would not hesitate to play De Jongh there.

    If I were a coach in 2009 I would start experimenting:

    10 – pienaar, 12 -steyn, 15 – bull’s steyn and see what we got.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.05.11 18:56:05 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 6) : me thinks steyn and pienaar took versatility to such levels that unless you’re everything you are not versatile :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.05.11 18:57:15 by rekinek Reply
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  • the other thing is whilst at the EOTY last year I thought ruan was ok, fransie was not to good (big but out of pace).

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.05.11 18:58:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 9) : Good point. :)

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.05.11 18:59:54 by Ben Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 10) : That’s because he was over weight.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.05.11 19:00:51 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 12) : french food :mrgreen:
    funny, except of the onion soup (yum yum yum x1000000) I am not a big fun. maybe the wine :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.05.11 19:02:47 by rekinek Reply
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  • I don’t see de Jongh ever making a good 12.

    Not sure if Johan Sadie from the Stormers prefers 12 or 13, but he is a helluva player.

    Last year Fransie was out of shape. The Morne Steyn at 15 idea is one I have also toyed with.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.05.11 19:03:15 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 13) :
    I’m sure you are plenty big fun.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.05.11 19:05:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 13) : French Girls, no training. Yum yum! ;)

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.05.11 19:08:59 by Ben Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 15) : of course :roll:
    though my wine preferences are concentrated on the Cape area :razz:

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.05.11 19:13:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 16) : hmmmm … i am not sure i can express opinion on this subject but i always (when i’m in Paris – like once in a bluemoon :| )look up for the fashion clues :grin:

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.05.11 19:14:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 16) : Unlike rekinek, I have some ground to comment here, and you get a resounding “Hell Yeah!!!” from me.

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.05.11 19:22:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : :evil:
    funny memory though .. my first time in paris .i was about 19 and was hitchhiking across europe. we got a lift with a swiss couple to Paris and when driving through place de la bastille (a round-about without any lines) there was this girl who walked in front of a car. dressed tip to toe and the swiss lady said “typical parisienne”. needless to say : her outfit was stunning :razz:

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.05.11 19:33:15 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 18) : @Big Fish (Comment 19) : Never been to France but from what I’ve heard and seen(pictures and tv) they are quite a delicious race. I’ll take your word for it big feesh. A pretty girl with a french accent. My knees will melt! ;)

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.05.11 19:33:41 by Ben Reply

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  • Not a single mention of Doppies if JdV is ruled out? For shame people!

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.05.11 21:43:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) : Ja, Doppies is good enough for the Lions, don’t know if he is for the Boks.
    Even though he was really good in the CC last year, lets see how the Lions do with him back this week.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.05.11 21:58:11 by molly Reply
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  • World cup is more than 3 months away still.

    Isn’t it just a bit early to be talking ‘world cup bogeys’? :roll: :twisted:

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.05.11 22:02:16 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) :

    Seems he proved you wrong today!

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.05.11 12:46:09 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 25) : I rate De Jongh very highly. But I don’t think you can say that after seeing him play well in 1 game this season.

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.05.11 12:49:14 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 26) : My, My…look at all these Stormers crawling out of the woodwork today!!! :shock: :lol:

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.05.11 12:51:45 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 27) : Got it out for me today, don’t you? Guess I started it! ;)

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.05.11 12:55:24 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 28) : No man!!! I am talkin’ bout Vinnie! :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.05.11 12:57:04 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 29) :

    Die Ben outjie is n bietjie stadig hoor! :twisted: ;-)

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.05.11 14:39:59 by wpw Reply
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  • Hope they rest Jean and Mossie now and give JdJ and Sadie more playtime. Hope Whitehead can also be called. Important that some of these senior Bokke get some rest before the real rugby started. Also hope they give the 19 year old Ginger Ranga Kitshoff more playtime. He showed his mettle mixing with the big boys. CJ need some recharging.

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.05.11 15:45:10 by PaarlBok Reply

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