Springboks captain out for eight weeks
May 25, 2014
Jean de Villiers, in action for the Stormers, will be sidelined for at least two months © Getty Images
South Africa will be without their captain for the June's two-Test series against Wales after Jean de Villiers was ruled out for eight weeks with a knee injury.
De Villiers withdrew from the Stormers' Super Rugby clash with the Cheetahs on Saturday after experiencing discomfort in his left knee. A scan subsequently revealed damage which could keep him out of action until August's Rugby Championship.
He will also miss fixtures against a World XV on June 7 and Scotland on June 28. Wales take on the Springboks on June 14 and 21.
"Losing our captain is a massive setback," said Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer. "Jean has been superb as our leader on and off the field and he was in excellent form as well. He is a wonderful ambassador for South Africa and is respected across the world as a leader - we will certainly miss him next month.
"His injury is the latest in a string of setbacks we've experienced, and with Jaque Fourie also ruled out it means we'll play with a new captain and a new midfield combination next month.
"Luckily we have good depth in the squad at centre, but replacing your captain is always difficult. We have a number of good leaders in the squad, but I don't want to rush a decision on the captaincy as we still have to finalise the squad for June."
De Villiers had been due to take part in a training camp with the Springboks' preliminary squad on Sunday morning. His place was taken by a lock - the promising Stephen Lewies.
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