De Villiers eyeing Japan move

Date published: June 18 2015

South Africa captain Jean de Villiers hopes that he will be able to take his career to Japan after the Rugby World Cup.

The Springbok centre is currently working his way back from a major leg injury sustained in last November's Test match with Wales.

De Villiers is in the middle of a gruellingly long rehabilitation process but his hopes of participating in this year's World Cup continue to improve.

Looking beyond this year's tournament in England, De Villiers still feels he has more to offer in his playing career and has no plans to retire after the World Cup concludes.

De Villiers previously played overseas for Munster in the 2009-2010 season.

"I didn't go through 10 months of rehabilitation just to play 10 more games," De Villiers told Netwerk24.

"Hopefully I could go and play overseas after the World Cup, preferably in Japan, and then return to spend another season with the Stormers.

De Villiers then joked: "Having said that, nobody probably wants a 34-year-old with a crocked knee."