Taking centre stage

Jean de Villiers is determined to become the axis around which the Springboks revolve.

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In the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale Wednesday 11 June, the Bok centre talks about the pain of missing the 2007 World Cup, what he has that Frans Steyn doesn’t (and vice versa), and why he’d be happy to wear the Bok No 13 jersey even though he prefers 12.

He also expresses his burning desire to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand this year. ‘It’s still a huge goal among the senior players,’ he says. ‘We achieved a lot under Jake [White], but the fact that we’ve never won in New Zealand has always bugged me. After this year’s Super 14, I’m confident we can head over there with a very strong side and pick up the win.’

Also in the latest issue:

Ian McIntosh on the ELVs: the former Bok coach (who was on the IRB’s Law Group Project) gives unique insight into how they were conceived, why they were supposed to be adopted as a package, and the ‘orchestrated’ effort to undermine them

– Seven steps to glory: former Bok mental coach Henning Gericke on how to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand

– The key to Robbie Deans: why he’s the right man for the Wallabies job

– Frank Bunce rates Anthony Tuitavake, while Stirling Mortlock aims to bury the Wallabies’ World Cup ghosts

– Jeremy Guscott on why Ian McGeechan will get the Lions roaring in 2009

– Former Bok centre Joe Gillingham left South Africa for France and never returned. Keo finds out why

– WP scrumhalf Paul Delport has suffered more setbacks than most, but he hasn’t given up on his Bok dream

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