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Jean de Villiers retires from international rugby

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South Africa captain Jean de Villiers has retired from international rugby after suffering a broken jaw in their win over Samoa.

The 34-year-old, who is the second most capped Springbok captain of all time with 37 caps as captain, was forced off during Saturday's 46-6 Pool B victory over Samoa, It was at that point he decided to retire after he was ruled out of the tournament with the injury.

De Villiers similarly was ruled out of the 2007 World Cup and made to go back to South Africa and they won that World Cup he hopes the same happens again.


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"The last time I got injured in a World Cup match and had to go home was in 2007, also against Samoa, and that finished well for the Boks, so hopefully it will happen again."

He skippered South Africa 37 times, with last weekend's shock defeat against Japan proving the lowest point of his spell, but De Villiers remains confident that his side can still  challenge for the Web Ellis Cup in his absence.

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He had this to say on his injury:

"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 would like to wish the team all the very best," he added. "I'm now their number one supporter. "

South Africa next come up against in-form Scotland on  3rd October at St James Park, both teams will have to be at the very peak of their game to get an edge on their opponent. 

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