Du Preez out of Rugby Championship


Fourie Du Preez
Fourie Du Preez

Fourie du Preez will miss the Castle Lager Rugby Championship following an ankle injury sustained by the Springbok scrumhalf in last Saturday’s 55-6 Test victory over Scotland in Port Elizabeth.

Du Preez left the field in the first half of the Test. He was sent for x-rays immediately afterwards and went for an MRI scan in Pretoria on Monday, which confirmed earlier suspicions of an anterior syndesmotic injury. He will be sidelined for at least three months.

“It’s a massive blow to lose yet another world-class player and a key player due to an injury,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Fourie is also a dynamic leader and one of the vice-captains in our team and his injury is a huge setback.

“Fourie has been brilliant since he returned to the Springboks last year and he will be missed. However, this provides an opportunity for other scrumhalves to prove themselves and make the step up when the opportunity arises.”

According to Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts, Du Preez will undergo a procedure in the coming days to determine the stability of the syndesmosis. “If it is unstable, he will require screw fixation but if it remains stable he can be treated conservatively without surgery,” said Roberts. “If it is stable and it is treated conservatively, Fourie will be out for approximately three months, but it could be more if he requires surgical fixation.”

At the moment, six Springboks who featured for South Africa in the last year are not available for the Castle Lager Rugby Championships. They are Du Preez, Jaque Fourie (ankle), Pieter-Steph du Toit (knee), Arno Botha (knee), Pierre Spies (bicep) and Flip van der Merwe (knee).


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  1. Sad news indeed … still the best scrumhalf we have. I’d be interested to hear, if there are any here that disagree with me, why they think Du Preez is not? I’ve read many comments stating that he is over the hill or just plain bad, but his service is still phenomenal!

  2. @Sasori:

    Best by a mile. Reality is we are in shit with scrummies in SA.

    Ruan will take the lead now, Hougie second choice, Jano called in as cover I reckon. Heyneke will not call in a rookie for the Rugby Championship – focus is to beat the AB’s and win the thing – don’t expect any experimentation.

  3. The All Blacks will squeal blasphemy because they cannot see any other player on earth being as good as the worst All Black ever but for my money Fourie Du Preez is the finest scrumhalf ever to play the game…