De Villiers excited to be back
09/09/2010
One of Vodacom Western Province's favourite son's, Jean de Villiers, returns to Newlands on Saturday when they tackle the Leopards in an Absa Currie Cup match.
One of Vodacom Western Province's favourite son's, Jean de Villiers, returns to Newlands on Saturday when they tackle the Leopards in an Absa Currie Cup match.

And the centre says he was looking forward to returning to "my home". De Villiers last played for WP in 2008 and for the Vodacom Stormers in 2009. He played his club rugby in Ireland before returning home for the international season.

On Wednesday the 29-year-old spoke about his happiness to be back. "It's my home, it's where I learnt to play rugby and it's great to be back. It's a new team and new players, so it's taken a bit of time to fit back in but I'm looking forward to the weekend."

He will be forging a midfield partnership with the exciting Juan de Jongh, who in De Villiers' absence established him as a force to be reckoned with. "He's a great player, one of the most exciting youngsters in the country at the moment and hopefully he'll be able to learn a bit from Jaque and I and go forward from there.

"When I started here, there were guys like De Wet Barry, Gus Theron, Rob Fleck, Marius Joubert... As a backline we haven't played much together, but it will be exciting with Lionel (Cronjé) at 10."

The contracted Springboks have been withdrawn from the Currie Cup competition until a later stage, but De Villiers did not want to be drawn into the debate about the pros and cons of that decision.

"Obviously I'm in the Province squad at the moment. There is obviously a plan going into the World Cup for different players, some players are resting and some aren't, and we'll leave it at that. I'm playing Currie Cup and my focus is on a good performance on Saturday."

He was, however, prepared to tell how impressed he was with the development of the team in his absence. "It's been fantastic, watching from Ireland during the Super 14.

"It's fantastic to see a team that you've been part of for so long do so well. They'll always be part of who I am, and definitely when they're playing that well you sort of doubt your decisions to go overseas.

"It definitely wasn't only a rugby decision. It was great to see the team do that well and it's fantastic to seem them to do so well in the Currie Cup right now... yes it's been three bad games, but to see the players coming through and see the team doing well, definitely come the playoffs this team will be in the reckoning and it's great to be part of it."

The blonde midfielder said there's something special brewing in Cape Town. "To be able to play three bad games and still be second on the log, that says something, we are doing something right.

"Most of the time if you lose three in a row you will find yourself in the bottom two. It's still a fantastic position to be in and we've still got everything to play for and it's only the team that can make it work.

"We need to go out and play winning rugby and hopefully we can book a place in the last game of the season. There have been good things and there's bad things and we've worked on the bad things and hopefully we can rectify that on Saturday."



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