South Africa captain Jean de Villiers retired from international rugby on Sunday (Monday NZT) after being ruled out of the World Cup due to a broken jaw as his tournament jinx returned to haunt him.
It was the second such injury suffered in the last two months by the 34-year-old centre, who made a miraculous recovery to get fit for the World Cup, only to fracture the right side of his jaw late in the 46-6 win over Samoa at Villa Park.
“When I got injured yesterday and I left the field, I knew that I had played my last test for South Africa,” De Villiers told reporters.
“Injuries are part of rugby and I’ve had my fair share, so by now I know how to cope with them. It’s very sad, but life goes on – I need to take it all in and move forward.
“I was quite sad when I came off the field as I knew I won’t get the opportunity to play for my country again. Having played for South Africa for 13 years, I’ve been fortunate to experience so many great things and I got to know so many good friends, but you never think it would end like this,” he said. (Courtesy Stuff.co.nz)