13 Jul 2015

De Villiers left out of Boks squad

7:48 am on 13 July 2015

South Africa have omitted their captain Jean de Villiers from the squad for their Rugby Championship opener against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

Instead the 34-year-old centre will continue his remarkable recovery from a career-threatening knee injury by turning out for Western Province in Currie Cup warm-up games.

De Villiers played at the weekend for the first time since being injured against Wales last November, coming off the bench for the final 20 minutes of a 46-10 Springboks' triumph over a World XV.

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