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'Jean de Villiers still contributing to success of Boks'

Springbok hooker Schalk Brits has hailed Jean de Villiers as a special individual.

Former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers. Picture: Saru.

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok hooker Schalk Brits says Jean de Villiers may not be playing anymore but the former captain is still contributing to the success of the team.

De Villiers's World Cup was cut short after he broke his jaw during South Africa's win over Samoa.

He subsequently retired from international rugby after the injury, but has now re-joined the team in England on a consultancy basis.

Speaking ahead of their quarterfinal against Wales tomorrow, Brits says de Villiers is a special individual.

"He's a leader, a teammate, a friend and brings different dynamics to the team. Now he's helping us from a technical point of view."

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