The Springboks centre was met at Cork Airport by team manager Shaun Payne and Operations Manager Bryan Murphy before joining Chief Executive Garrett Fitzgerald in the Cork International Hotel for a media briefing.
Questioned about his state of readyness to get into action after a long Super 14/Tri-Nations campaign, he said, " I haven't really had that long a season because I was injured early on and missed the early games in the Super 14. So really the remainder of that campaign and the Tri-Nations has been my pre-season, so I'm pretty happy with my fitness."
De Villiers was later taken by Payne to Limerick where he will be based and where the regulatory fitness/medical tests will be conducted tomorrow. He should be out for his first squad training session next week.