8 Things You Didn’t Know About Jean de Villiers

Written by Makula Dunbar

Jean de Villiers, named team captain in 2012 of the Springboks South African national rugby team, was an important leader in the rugby community for years.

South African Player of the Year in 2008, he is the most-capped center in Springbok history, despite being plagued with injuries throughout his career. His is a story of perseverance in the face of repeated adversity. He has since retired from the Springbok side that he loves, but left behind a great legacy.

De Villiers recently confirmed that he would likely retire from club rugby at the end of the English season, when his commitment with the Leicester Tigers comes to an end, at which point he will return to South Africa.

Here are 8 things you didn’t know about Jean de Villiers.

Sources: FSCheetas.co.za, IOL.co.za, SARugby.net, Edition.CNN.com, EyeWitnessNews, Sport24.

This is an updated version of a slideshow that was originally published April, 2014. Peter Pedroncelli contributed to this report.