Du Preez pledges his allegiance to WP

April 1, 2014
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Exciting Maties flyhalf Robert du Preez has signed a contract with Western Province Rugby, which will see last year’s SA Under-20 pivot play his rugby in Cape Town until 2016 at least.

Du Preez had been on loan from the Sharks to the University of Stellenbosch for the duration of the 2014 Varsity Cup, but the tournament’s leading points-scorer has now chosen to remain in the Cape with immediate effect.

The son of former Springbok, Sharks and Blue Bulls scrumhalf Robert du Preez, who now coaches NWU-Pukke, Robert Junior has carved out his own reputation as a quality rugby player, having represented KZN and Natal at Under-16 and Under-18 level.

Robert du Preez Jr represented his country with distinction in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championships in France and this year his inspirational performances for the Maties in the Varsity Cup saw the strapping flyhalf nominated as one of the three finalists for the prestigious 2014 Player of the Tournament Award.

The former Kearsney College scholar is clearly one of the country’s most outstanding flyhalf talents and he will provide much-needed depth at Under-21 level for Western Province this year, with Ryno Eksteen out of action for some time with an injury. Du Preez, who turns 21 on July 30 of this year, stands 1,92 metres tall and weighs 95 kilograms.

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14 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 1st, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Great sign for WP

  2. avatar Pokkel says:
    April 1st, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    @Jacques(Bunny): Can we give you back Sweil and keep du Preez please?

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 1st, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    @Pokkel: I think this guy is something special, hope he is going to be coach and manage well.

  4. avatar Aldo says:
    April 1st, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    WP getting a youngster to stay? Another April Fools joke?

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 1st, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    @Pokkel:

    Hear hear… a product of Sharks through and through!!!!

  6. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 1st, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    WP needs a 10 – even if he’s from the OZmob.
    Now to get a decent 9, of which there are
    none around.

  7. avatar DavidS says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 11:18 am

    @Aldo:

    Next messiah… llike Nick Koster and Jongi Nokwe etcetcetc…

  8. avatar Morné says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 11:37 am

    @Boertjie:

    There are virtually none. Reinach is one I rated, but now injured, then there is that lad from the Lions. He looks good.

  9. avatar Aldo says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Faf de Klerk looks really good Morne. I’d say he should be pretty close to getting a Bok call up. He’s surely done enough and in my mind has outperformed all the other nines in SA this year.

    Even if it is just to get used to the structures at the Boks, he should be called up and nurtured. He could really be what the Boks need in a position very bare with the departure of Fourie du Preez. Nuggety, with a good pass and great instincts for the game.

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Isn’t Du Preez younger boet playing 9?

  11. avatar Pokkel says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    @Jacques(Bunny): I think they play lock.

  12. avatar Pokkel says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    @Jacques(Bunny): The younger brothers are twins playing for Sharks u19. From what I can see the one is a loosie and one a lock.

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    @Pokkel: Oh just thought we can steal other Du Preez from the sharkies :soek:

  14. avatar DavidS says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Ja De Kerk is for me a lot like the more little kak maker types like Divan Serfontein and Garth Wright types… not the Robert Du Preez / Joost / FDP / Johan Roux types…

    I’ve heard his iinterviews and he does not call plays… Mauritz Boshoff does.

    This means he is more a “servant” scrummie than a “leader” scrummie… so I reckon the Heyneke Meyer type leadership requirement cannot accomodate Faf.

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