CAPE TOWN. SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 09, Jean de Villiers during the DHL Stormers training session and press conference from High Performance Centre in Bellville on May 09, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa Photo by Ashley Vlotman / Gallo Images

Jean de Villiers has been confirmed as the new Springbok captain, coach Heyneke Meyer announced on Monday.

The 31-year-old, who has earned 72 caps since his debut in 2002, takes charge on a temporary basis and will lead the team for the three-match Test series against England which starts in Durban on Saturday.

De Villiers, the current Stormers skipper, succeeds veteran hooker John Smit after his retirement from international rugby last year. – Sapa