Pieter’s agony

South African-born French international Pieter de Villiers has been rocked by the death of his younger brother ahead of Saturday’s showdown with the Springboks.

De Villiers has spent the last few days at his parents home in Darling, mourning the death of his 21 year-old brother, who died at the weekend. At this stage it is not certain whether he will play the Boks at Newlands.

Team sources told Keo.co.za that French coach Bernard Laporte has told De Villiers that the team will support whatever decision he makes, be that to play or not.

De Villiers played against Romania at the weekend and this week was to have represented a career highlight for him as it would be the first time he plays at Newlands in an international. He previously played there a decade ago for Western Province under 21.

De Villiers’s pain is being felt by his teammates and it is expected that they will dedicate their efforts on Saturday to the De Villiers family.