Cape Town - Springbok captain Jean de Villiers will return home from the Rugby World Cup on Monday with a broken jaw suffered during his side's resounding win over Samoa on Saturday.
De Villiers led the Boks to a 46-6 win but was injured late on in the match - a knock to the jaw that ended both his Rugby World Cup participation and international career.
De Villiers constantly overcame the odds on his way to playing 109 Test for the Springboks but has now decided to hang up his boots.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:
Jean de Villiers out of World Cup..! Thats the end of his great career!! Speedy recovey to the Legend of a man!!— Ruan Combrinck (@R_Combrinck15) September 27, 2015
Gutted for Jean De Villiers.— Dane Piedt (@dane_piedt63) September 27, 2015
My heart goes out to Jean de Villiers, terrible, terrible luck! Jan Serfontein to replace Jean at WC.— Kobus Wiese (@4KobusWiese) September 27, 2015
Terribly sad for Jean... sport at the highest level remains a fickle master. Here's hoping he recovers well. http://t.co/Keew0ZP7lL— Pat Symcox (@PatSymcox77) September 27, 2015
Sometimes you don't understand the reasons why,but there's a reason for every setback,Stay Strong Jean,and thanks for what you've done#JDV— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) September 27, 2015
Really gutted for Jean De Villiers, he is a legend of the game and role model to many, including me. Deserved to retire on his terms.— Andries Strauss (@Andries_Strauss) September 27, 2015
Feel so sorry for Jean de Villiers!Will never forget the message he gave us at the Titans jersey handover last year.True legend of the game!— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) September 27, 2015
One of the classiest men ever to play the game. Jean deVilliers is desperately unlucky to be out of #rwc2015— Scotty Stevenson (@sumostevenson) September 27, 2015
Doesn't matter what your personal choice was for the Bok centre combination, Jean de Villiers is a Bok legend and that is a kak way to go.— Sean Wilson (@SimplySean_) September 27, 2015
Well done Jean de Villiers - #respect : great player, amazing person and incredible leader. He gave is all!— Pierre Spies (@Pierrespies8) September 27, 2015
After 109 Tests for the Springboks, Jean de Villiers has announced his international retirement. A class act. pic.twitter.com/mGLonmgtop— Rugby World (@Rugbyworldmag) September 27, 2015
Congratulations to Jean De Villiers on an exceptional international career . A good leader and a great bloke ! Salute !!— Jonathan Kaplan (@RefJK) September 27, 2015
The up most respect to one of the games great men. What a career what a man Jean de Villiers #respect— Ali Williams (@AliWilliams_) September 27, 2015
Agreed, Jean has been a massive Springbok, huge on the field and the ultimate gentleman off it. https://t.co/SfNAzcdjmF— Craig Matthews (@craigmatth) September 27, 2015