Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jean De villiers


Jean de Villiers (born 24 February 1981 in Paarl) is a South African rugby union footballer. He started his career at wing, but now primarily plays centre. De Villiers plays domestically for Western Province, Super 14 for the Stormers, and internationally for theSpringboks.A product of Paarl Gimnasium, the nursery of many a future Springbok (among them past Boks teammate Marius Joubert and current Boks back-row star Schalk Burger), de Villiers made his first impact at international level in the South African Sevens team, playing a major role in teams that finished second in the 2001-02 World Sevens Series and third in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Also in 2002, he made his first international impact in the 15-man game at the U-21 Rugby World Cup, scoring four tries in the tournament for the victorious Junior Springboks.He made his first senior-level appearance for the Springboks in November 2002 against France, but suffered a major knee injury five minutes into the game. After regaining fitness, he became an important player in the Boks' 2004 renaissance, which saw them earn an unexpected victory in the Tri Nations Series that year. Both he and his former Paarl teammate Joubert earned a share of the try-scoring lead in the 2004 Tri Nations, with three apiece.As of November 2005, de Villiers has scored 11 tries in 18 international appearances.He is captain of his club the Stormers.He captained the Springboks against the World XV at Ellis Park on 11 June 2006.He is notable for his precision timing resulting in interceptions leading to many tries

Jean de Villiers
Personal information
Full nameJean de Villiers
Date of birth24 February 1981 (age 28)
Place of birthPaarlSouth Africa
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb)
SchoolPaarl Gymnasium
CollegeStellenbosch University
Notable relative(s) Jacque de Villiers
Rugby union career
Playing career
Provincial/State sidesCaps(points)
2001-presentWestern Province33(105)
Super Rugby  
National team(s)  
2002-presentSouth Africa33(225

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