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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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.