Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
27 Nov 2013
6:00 am

Jean to skipper the Barbarians

Rudolph Jacobs

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has had yet another honour bestowed on him.

FILE PICTURE: Jean de Villiers. Picture: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images.

De Villiers was yesterday named as captain of the Barbarians squad to face Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday which marks the Islanders’ centenary celebrations.

As is traditional for the Baa Baas, one uncapped player has been named – Hurricanes scrumhalf TJ Perenara, who has yet to be capped by the All Blacks.

De Villiers is not the first Bok to be handed the Baa Baas captaincy, lock Victor Matfield also captained them two years ago to signal the end at the time of the legendary Bulls skipper’s career.

Bok lock Flip van der Merwe was also named as the replacement for fellow Bok Eben Etzebeth, who was ruled out of the game with an ankle injury, to ensure nine South Africans will feature.

De Villiers, who captained the Boks for a 24th consecutive time in beating France 19-10 in Paris last weekend, played in his 96th Bok Test, just four short of the magical century mark.

With only five defeats to go with 17 wins and two draws, De Villiers is set to continue with the Bok captaincy next season according to Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.

Bok wing Bryan Habana also played his 95th Test and with the core of the team and the addition of Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie and JP Pietersen also likely to be available, the sky is the limit.

With others like centre prop Jannie du Plessis, Frans Steyn, flyhalf Johann Goosen and No 8 Pierre Spies also likely to return to the Bok fold in 2014, Meyer will indeed be spoilt for choice.