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#RWC10: De Villiers wants 2007 group to give back

Jean de Villiers says that the World Cup-winning group wants to come together and build a sustainable legacy that will create future internationals.

FILE: Former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers gives the thumbs up following a Test match. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Despite having his tournament cut short because of injury, Jean de Villiers says the 2007 World Cup was an amazing time in his life and wants the group to help future generations.

The 100 Test veteran’s World Cup lasted only a week as he sustained an arm injury in the side's opening win against Samoa. This was the second tournament in a row where his World Cup ended prematurely.

The injury curse on rugby’s biggest stage would become a theme for De Villiers as he suffered injury in the 2011 edition as well as a jaw injury in 2015. However, the former Bok skipper looks back at the tournament fondly.

“It was still an amazing experience, having played in the World Cup and then going back for the semi-final and final and cheering the boys on and seeing them win. It was just an amazing time in our lives and certainly in my life.”

The centre says that the World Cup-winning group wants to come together and build a sustainable legacy that will create future internationals.

“What we're trying to do now as a group is get some funds and have some fun throughout the year; do a couple of events and hopefully help other young kids that don’t get the same opportunities that we got. And hopefully, we can provide those opportunities and hopefully make some future Springboks.”

After the injury, Wayne Julies was called up as De Villiers' replacement in the squad.

All week you can visit our special feature page on www.ewn.co.za to read and hear from players and staff involved and also share your special memories of the Rugby World Cup with us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we look back at the famous 2007 win.

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