Jean De Villers: The Intercept King!

Jean De Villers: The Intercept King!

How did it feel to reach 100 international test caps for your country?

It’s obviously pretty special and quite emotional. The game was in Wellington NZ and my wife and dad was able to travel over. Unfortunately, the result didn’t go our way, and my children and the rest of my family weren’t there, so, I decided to remember my 101st Newlands game, which we won, and all my family and friends were there!

The Centurions values are respect, resilience, courage and selfless-commitment. Which is the most important for you and why?

Respect. Rugby is a very unique game in that it is brutal and barbaric at times but the respect that everyone maintains for the laws of the game, the referee and the opposition is why it is loved by so many. Once the final whistle blows all is forgotten. That respect that you learn on the field is also so applicable in everyday life in respecting every single person you interact with (that number is extremely low currently though!!).

The current pandemic has been extremely challenging for everyone. How have you been affected in South Africa?

We’ve been in lockdown for 2 weeks now. The pandemic reached SA quite late and the impact is still low from an infection and deaths point of view but unfortunately as a developing country the economic effect will leave a lasting scar for a very long time. It has forced you to reassess the important things in life and be grateful for what you have rather than thinking of what you don’t have. Health and family being at the top of that list.

How are you keeping physically and mentally fit during lockdown?

Having a 5, 6 and 8 year old in the house makes it impossible to stay mentally fit so I will ignore that part of the question! Jokes aside, I think to stay mentally fit you need to physically get exercise in your daily routine. The weather in Cape Town is pretty good still so we’ve been able to do daily sessions as a family at home and that’s been very cool for all of us.

What have you missed about sport over the last few weeks?

Sport (rugby and other sport) have been part of my life since I can remember so not seeing live action is like a part of your life been taken away and again I suppose you start to realise how much you miss it once it’s gone!

What’s the first thing you will do after Lockdown has ended?

A round of golf followed with a South African braai with friends over!