Jean de Villiers
Full names: Jean
Date of birth: 24 Feb 1981
Place of birth: Paarl
School: Paarl Gimnasium
Springbok no: 735
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.9m, 98kg
Current age: 41

Test summary: Tests: 109 Tries: 27
First Test: 9 Nov 2002 Age:21 Outside Centre against France at Stade Velodrome, Marseilles
Last Test: 26 Sep 2015 Age:34 Outside Centre against Samoa at Villa Park, Birmingham
Test history:
09 Nov 200221Outside CentreFranceLose: 10-30 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesWP
17 Jul 200423Left WingPacific IslandsWin: 38-241 tryCentral Coast Stadium, GosfordWP
24 Jul 200423Left WingNew ZealandLose: 21-231 tryLancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP
31 Jul 200423Left WingAustraliaLose: 26-301 trySubiaco Oval, PerthWP
14 Aug 200423Left WingNew ZealandWin: 40-261 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP
21 Aug 200423Left WingAustraliaWin: 23-19 Kingspark, DurbanWP
06 Nov 200423ReserveWalesWin: 38-361 tryMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
20 Nov 200423Left WingEnglandLose: 16-32 Twickenham, LondonWP
11 Jun 200524Inside CentreUruguayWin: 134-32 triesBasil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonWP
18 Jun 200524Right WingFranceDraw: 30-301 tryKingspark, DurbanWP
25 Jun 200524Right WingFranceWin: 27-131 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
09 Jul 200524Right WingAustraliaLose: 12-30 Stadium Australia, SydneyWP
23 Jul 200524Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 33-201 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP
30 Jul 200524Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 22-16 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
06 Aug 200524Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 22-161 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
20 Aug 200524Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 22-19 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
27 Aug 200524Right WingNew ZealandLose: 27-31 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
05 Nov 200524Inside CentreArgentinaWin: 34-23 Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos AiresWP
19 Nov 200524Inside CentreWalesWin: 33-16 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
26 Nov 200524Inside CentreFranceLose: 20-26 Stade de France, ParisWP
10 Jun 200625Inside CentreScotlandWin: 36-16 Kingspark, DurbanWP
26 Aug 200625Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 26-45 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
02 Sep 200625Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 21-20 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, RustenburgWP
09 Sep 200625Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 24-16 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
11 Nov 200625Inside CentreIrelandLose: 15-32 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
18 Nov 200625Inside CentreEnglandLose: 21-23 Twickenham, LondonWP
25 Nov 200625Inside CentreEnglandWin: 25-14 Twickenham, LondonWP
26 May 200726Inside CentreEnglandWin: 58-101 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
02 Jun 200726Inside CentreEnglandWin: 55-22 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
16 Jun 200726Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 22-19 Newlands, Cape TownWP
23 Jun 200726Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 21-26 Kingspark, DurbanWP
15 Aug 200726Inside CentreNamibiaWin: 105-131 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
09 Sep 200726Inside CentreSamoaWin: 59-7 Parc des Princes, ParisWP
07 Jun 200827Inside CentreWalesWin: 43-171 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
14 Jun 200827Inside CentreWalesWin: 37-212 triesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
21 Jun 200827Inside CentreItalyWin: 26-0 Newlands, Cape TownWP
05 Jul 200827Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 8-19 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonWP
12 Jul 200827Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 30-28 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
19 Jul 200827Inside CentreAustraliaLose: 9-16 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
09 Aug 200827Inside CentreArgentinaWin: 63-9 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
16 Aug 200827Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 0-19 Newlands, Cape TownWP
23 Aug 200827Inside CentreAustraliaLose: 15-27 Kingspark, DurbanWP
30 Aug 200827Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 53-8 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
08 Nov 200827Inside CentreWalesWin: 20-151 tryMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
15 Nov 200827Inside CentreScotlandWin: 14-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
22 Nov 200827Inside CentreEnglandWin: 42-6 Twickenham, LondonWP
20 Jun 200928Inside CentreBritainWin: 26-21 Kingspark, DurbanWP
27 Jun 200928Inside CentreBritainWin: 28-25 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
25 Jul 200928Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 28-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
01 Aug 200928Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 31-19 Kingspark, DurbanWP
08 Aug 200928Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 29-17 Newlands, Cape TownWP
29 Aug 200928Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 32-25 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
05 Sep 200928Inside CentreAustraliaLose: 6-21 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWP
12 Sep 200928Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 32-291 tryWaikato Stadium, HamiltonWP
28 Nov 200928ReserveIrelandLose: 10-15 Croke Park, DublinMunster
12 Jun 201029ReserveFranceWin: 42-17 Newlands, Cape TownMunster
19 Jun 201029Outside CentreItalyWin: 29-13 Puma Stadium, WitbankMunster
26 Jun 201029Right WingItalyWin: 55-11 Basil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonMunster
10 Jul 201029Right WingNew ZealandLose: 12-32 Eden Park, AucklandMunster
17 Jul 201029Right WingNew ZealandLose: 17-31 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonMunster
21 Aug 201029Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 22-29 National Stadium, JohannesburgMunster
28 Aug 201029Inside CentreAustraliaWin: 44-31 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaMunster
04 Sep 201029Inside CentreAustraliaLose: 39-411 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinMunster
06 Nov 201029Inside CentreIrelandWin: 23-21 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
13 Nov 201029Inside CentreWalesWin: 29-25 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
20 Nov 201029Inside CentreScotlandLose: 17-21 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
27 Nov 201029Inside CentreEnglandWin: 21-11 Twickenham, LondonWP
13 Aug 201130Inside CentreAustraliaLose: 9-14 Kingspark, DurbanWP
20 Aug 201130Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 18-5 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethWP
11 Sep 201130Inside CentreWalesWin: 17-16 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonWP
30 Sep 201130ReserveSamoaWin: 13-5 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore CityWP
09 Oct 201130Inside CentreAustraliaLose: 9-11 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonWP
09 Jun 201231Outside Centre (C)EnglandWin: 22-171 tryKingspark, DurbanWP
16 Jun 201231Outside Centre (C)EnglandWin: 36-27 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
23 Jun 201231Outside Centre (C)EnglandDraw: 14-14 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethWP
18 Aug 201231Outside Centre (C)ArgentinaWin: 27-6 Newlands, Cape TownWP
25 Aug 201231Outside Centre (C)ArgentinaDraw: 16-16 Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, MendozaWP
08 Sep 201231Outside Centre (C)AustraliaLose: 19-26 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
15 Sep 201231Outside Centre (C)New ZealandLose: 11-21 Forsyth Barr Stadium, DunedinWP
29 Sep 201231Inside Centre (C)AustraliaWin: 31-8 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
06 Oct 201231Inside Centre (C)New ZealandLose: 16-32 National Stadium, JohannesburgWP
10 Nov 201231Inside Centre (C)IrelandWin: 16-12 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
17 Nov 201231Inside Centre (C)ScotlandWin: 21-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
24 Nov 201231Inside Centre (C)EnglandWin: 16-15 Twickenham, LondonWP
08 Jun 201332Inside Centre (C)ItalyWin: 44-101 tryKingspark, DurbanWP
15 Jun 201332Inside Centre (C)ScotlandWin: 30-17 Mbombela Stadium, NelspruitWP
22 Jun 201332Inside Centre (C)SamoaWin: 56-23 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
17 Aug 201332Inside Centre (C)ArgentinaWin: 73-131 tryNational Stadium, JohannesburgWP
24 Aug 201332Inside Centre (C)ArgentinaWin: 22-17 Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, MendozaWP
07 Sep 201332Inside Centre (C)AustraliaWin: 38-121 trySuncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWP
14 Sep 201332Inside Centre (C)New ZealandLose: 15-29 Eden Park, AucklandWP
28 Sep 201332Inside Centre (C)AustraliaWin: 28-8 Newlands, Cape TownWP
05 Oct 201332Inside Centre (C)New ZealandLose: 27-381 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP
09 Nov 201332Inside Centre (C)WalesWin: 24-151 tryMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
17 Nov 201332Inside Centre (C)ScotlandWin: 28-0 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
23 Nov 201332Inside Centre (C)FranceWin: 19-10 Stade de France, ParisWP
16 Aug 201433Inside Centre (C)ArgentinaWin: 13-6 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
23 Aug 201433Inside Centre (C)ArgentinaWin: 33-31 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, SaltaWP
06 Sep 201433Inside Centre (C)AustraliaLose: 23-24 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
13 Sep 201433Inside Centre (C)New ZealandLose: 10-14 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonWP
27 Sep 201433Inside Centre (C)AustraliaWin: 28-102 triesNewlands, Cape TownWP
04 Oct 201433Inside Centre (C)New ZealandWin: 27-25 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
08 Nov 201433Inside Centre (C)IrelandLose: 15-29 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
15 Nov 201433Inside Centre (C)EnglandWin: 31-28 Twickenham, LondonWP
22 Nov 201433Inside Centre (C)ItalyWin: 22-6 Stadio Euganeo, PaduaWP
29 Nov 201433Inside Centre (C)WalesLose: 6-12 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
08 Aug 201534Outside Centre (C)ArgentinaLose: 25-37 Kingspark, DurbanWP
19 Sep 201534Inside Centre (C)JapanLose: 32-34 Brighton Community Stadium, BrightonWP
26 Sep 201534Outside Centre (C)SamoaWin: 46-6 Villa Park, BirminghamWP

Top 50 Boks: 31 – Jean de Villiers :

The big, bulky De Villiers made his Springbok bow at outside centre against France in Marseille on November 9, 2002 but suffered a serious knee injury just five minutes into the game. He returned to the Springbok frame two years later on the left wing and was one of the standout performers in the Boks’ successful Tri-Nations campaign, finishing joint leading try-scorer with Marius Joubert and Wallaby winger Lote Tuqiri.

In 2005, he made the inside centre position his own and captained South Africa against the World XV in Johannesburg. After being selected for the 2007 Springbok World Cup squad, De Villiers suffered another devastating injury when he tore his biceps in the opening game against Samoa and was ruled out for the remainder of the victorious campaign.

De Villiers returned with a vengeance in 2008 in what has been his greatest year to date. After a brilliant Super 14 season, which earned him as nomination for Super 14 Player of Year, De Villiers went from strength to strength and played in all 13 of the Springboks Test. His consistently great form saw him clinch a rare double of being named both the SA Player of the Year and SA Players' Player of the Year.

He won his 50th Test cap in 2009 and was a key figure in South Africa’s British & Irish Lions and Tri-Nations triumphs. At the conclusion of the 2009 international season, the master of the intercept has 55 Tests to his credit, holds the Springbok record for most Tests as a centre (44) and holds the Springbok record with Jaque Fourie for most Tests as a centre combination (21).


  • Tri-Nations winner, 2004 & 2009
  • SA Player of the Year nominee, 2005
  • SA Player of the Year, 2008
  • SA Players' Player of the Year, 2008
  • Vodacom Super 14 Player of Year nominee, 2008
  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 2007
  • British & Irish Lions series winner, 2009
  • Holds Springbok record for most tests as a centre (44)
  • Holds Springbok record with Jaque Fourie for most tests as a centre combination (21)