Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Jean de Villiers to lead the Boks

Local fans are still a bit taken aback by Springbok coach Jake White’s decision to let inside centre Jean de Villiers lead the ‘Boks against a powerful looking World Fifteen team. Sports commentators says it is not so much that De Villiers is inexperienced, but that the captaincy may impact on his flare for attractive, running rugby. There had been a lot of talk that flank Wikus van Heerden would captain the Springboks on Saturday in place of the injured John Smit.

Meanwhile, the World Fifteen team that arrived in the country yesterday has come with a mission and that is to be the first team of its kind to win against the Springboks. They certainly have the players to do just that with 901 Test caps amongst them. The most-capped player is flanker Olivier Magne, who has represented France 83 times. He is closely followed by New Zealand scrumhalf Justin Marshall and Australian fullback Matt Burke, who each have played 81 Tests.

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