Jean injury jolts Boks

The bad news is Jean de Villiers is out of the Welsh Test. The good news is CJ van der Linde is a Cheetah again.

De Villiers hurt his shoulder in his last match for Munster and could not complete the match.

He has failed to recover from the injury and has withdrawn from the one-off international on June 5.

Bok coach Peter de Villiers had the option of selecting French based specialist outside centre Marius Joubert, who has been playing at Clermont for the last three seasons. It would have meant adding a seventh overseas-based player to his match 22 and De Villiers has opted to select first choice outside centre Jaque Fourie, despite initially wanting to give the Stormers strong man a rest after the Super 14 final.

Fourie has played every match of the season and remains the first choice outside centre in South Africa and on form the best in the southern hemisphere.

Joubert, who scored a hattrick against the All Blacks at Ellis Park in 2004, has not played for South Africa in the last three years. He missed his second season in France because of injury, but other than that has been one of the best midfielders in the Top 14.

De Villiers knows what he has in Fourie and this may be one instance where the Bok coach has missed a trick by not entrusting the No 13 jersey with a player who could provide depth to the 2011 World Cup squad.

Van der Linde, who played for Leinster, agreed terms to return to South Africa after the South African Rugby Union offered him a contract until the completion of the World Cup.

De Villiers, who was on a one year contract with Munster, has also returned to South Africa.

It is believed his asking price is R2million, and that the Stormers (and Western Province) is his preferred choice of destination, having always played his schools and professional rugby out of Cape Town.

The Sharks and Lions are also chasing De Villiers.