Green light to play for De Villiers

Date published: July 6 2015

South Africa centre and captain Jean de Villiers has been cleared to return to the game this weekend following a rapid recovery from a knee injury.

De Villiers, who had a full knee reconstruction towards the end of 2014, is one of six injured players who were given the all clear from the Bok medical team to be considered for selection against the World XV on Saturday. The others are Pat Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Lionel Mapoe, Schalk Burger and Lood de Jager.

Although centre Jan Serfontein (hip and knee) is recovering well from his injury, he will not be considered for selection this week. Furthermore, hooker Scarra Ntubeni and scrum-half Faf de Klerk are over their ankle niggles from late last week and took full part in training on Monday, while flank Heinrich Brüssow (broken arm) has recovered well, but is still a week or two away from playing.

"Our medical team worked very hard on the injured players and it's a great positive to see the guys return," said Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on Monday.

"I'm especially pleased for Jean. He worked incredibly hard with the Springbok and WP medical teams to get back to match fitness and we've got a plan for how we want to manage his return, which could involve matches for his province."