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Krige: De Villiers must rest

The Bok skipper will miss next month's tests against Scotland and Wales.

FILE: Springbok captain Jean de Villiers. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former Springbok captain Corne Krige on Monday said he believes Jean de Villiers should be rested until next year's Rugby World Cup.

The Bok skipper will miss next month's tests against Scotland and Wales after being ruled out for at least eight weeks with a knee injury.

He will also miss the last three games for the Stormers.

De Villiers is likely to lead the Springboks at next year's Rugby World Cup in England.

But Krige says de Villiers's body can't handle that much rugby.

"If you look at what New Zealand have done with Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, I really think we need to look after Jean de Villiers. He is a phenomenal player and game after game, he gives his best and he is a massive influence on any team he plays in. Obviously, it is a huge setback for the Springboks."

Krige says de Villiers should not be playing Super Rugby every week next year.

"He must rest properly now and come back stronger."