It's never nice to see someone having to bow out of the cup because of injury, But this is just gutwrenching. I know he got a lot of flack from a lot of Springbok 'supporters' (on other websites) over the last few months. He might have been past his best. But to me Jean de Villiers embodies everything I love about rugby. True grit, sheer determination to overcome everything life throws at you, a humble and gentle human being, both in succes and in defeat. »
On the Lydiate tackle: it was not the landing that concerned me (just plain momentum), it was the nature of the tackle. Diving at the knee of your opponent is potentially career ending. I thought World Rugby recently took a stance against those kind of tackles but I might be wrong there.
I would not hold my breath waiting for the Netherlands, although we are making steady progress with regional rugby academies in high school for example. We still need to grow a rugby culture and we need some serious sponsors. Logistically we should be able to have a strong competition since Holland is small and densely populated. »