JdV set to return against World XV

Date published: June 24 2015

Jean de Villiers is set to make his playing return against the World XV next month as he recovers from a serious knee injury.

De Villiers has not featured since suffering the injury in last December's clash with Wales, missing the whole of the Super Rugby season as a result.

However he is on course to make his comeback in the game on July 11, with some further Currie Cup warm-up games for Western Province also a possibility as he tries to prove his fitness for the World Cup.

"I’m definitely going to be playing in July. Where exactly I don’t know yet. Obviously the squad gets together next week and there I might get a bit more clarity what the plan is,” De Villiers told Supersport.

"From a test point of view you obviously don’t just walk in to a test match. The World XV game, not being a test match, and there being less pressure in that game, may just be a good possibility to be introduced in there from the bench or something. Then after that Western Province is playing two warm-up games and I’m looking to play in those warm-up games.

"I want to get some more game time and possibly if I can get as close to a full game in that game against the Kings (on July 25), then I’ll be happy," De Villiers explained.

"Post that we will have to wait and see where it takes me. From a national point of view there are the Argentinean games, and there is also the start of Currie Cup in August.

"For now we’re just planning towards July and getting myself back onto the field and getting so much game time as possible. It’s nice to be talking weeks now and not months. Soon it will be days."