Boks skipper has yet another bad break in victory

Michael Steeleaap

THE World Cup could be over for injury-prone Springboks captain Jean de Villiers (pictured) after he was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw following South Africa's 46-6 win over Samoa.

The 34-year-old had been in doubt for the tournament after suffering a horrendous knee injury against Wales last November in which he ruptured his ACL, his posterior cruciate ligament and medial ligament.

That was the sixth time he had sustained a serious knee injury - he missed the 2003 World Cup and was forced out of the 2007 tournament after again injuring his knee in the opening pool game.

After recovering from his latest reconstruction in time to make the squad for this year's tournament, his place was again in doubt after he broke his jaw against Argentina last month.

The win over Samoa got South Africa's campaign back on track after it suffered a shock 34-32 loss to Japan last weekend.