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After playing for South Africa for 13 years, Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has announced his retirement from international rugby due to a fractured jaw he sustained during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Samoa on Saturday.
In naming his chosen few, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said the 31-member squad that would represent South Africa in the Rugby World Cup would carry the country's hopes on their shoulders. It would be a tough tournament, he cautioned. Jean de Villiers will captain the team.
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has been included in the South African squad for the four-nation Castle Lager Rugby Championship after recovering from a knee injury. There are two newcomers, Cobus Reinach and Damian de Allende, in the 30-man squad named on the weekend.
A new Springbok captain will need to be appointed after Jean de Villiers was ruled out of next month's Castle Lager Incoming Series. The 95-test veteran will be out of action for eight weeks with a knee injury.
The SA Rugby Union is looking to make a difference in the education of SA's youth with the 'Boks for Books' initiative, through which they will supply libraries to previously disadvantaged schools.
Springbok centre Jean de Villiers was named South Africa's Rugby Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year at the sport's annual awards banquet in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening.