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De Villiers to keep Springbok captaincy

Jean de Villiers will remain as Springbok captain

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Article Published: Tuesday 27 November 2012|

South African Rugby coach Heyneke Meyer has revealed that Jean de Villiers will remain as Springbok captain after the team went unbeaten on their European tour.

"I think he was a great ambassador for his country, especially off-field as well," Meyer told media in Johannesburg after returning from England.

"I thought he was an awesome captain and there's no reason why he shouldn't be the captain going forward for the next year."

The Springboks beat England 16-15 at Twickenham on Saturday, after victories over Ireland (16-12) and Scotland (21-10).

South Africa are now ranked world number two after New Zealand following their unbeaten tour.

"We wanted to secure the number two spot in the world and with a lot of luck and a lot of commitment we've secured that," said the satisfied coach.

Meyer had taken a young team to Britain when injuries kept more experienced players home. He had hoped the experience would also prepare players for the 2015 World Cup, which England will host.

"It's total different rugby, total different game plans and conditions and I think the players adapted well to that, if you look at more experienced sides losing away from home," he said.

South Africa are in the top four seeds for next week's 2015 World Cup draw. The other teams are New Zealand, Australia and France.

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