Du Preez available for Boks
8 May 2012
Fourie du Preez has made himself available to the Springboks for the Test series against England in June.
Du Preez is currently contracted to Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath until March 2013. The club has given Du Preez their blessing to play Test rugby, and Du Preez himself has declared that he would like another crack after effectively retiring from the international game at the end of 2011.
However, Du Preez clarified that he would not stand in the way of promising youngsters based in South Africa.
‘I will always be available to play for the Springboks, but I’m well aware that we have a wealth of talented scrumhalves in South Africa, particularly someone like Francois Hougaard, whose time has now come to establish himself as the No 1 scrumhalf. It’s time for the next generation to step up, but I’d be happy to help if the coach calls on me.’
Before moving to Suntory at the end of 2011, Du Preez had enjoyed a long and successful stint at the Bulls, and was integral to their three Super Rugby title wins in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
He’s already played an important role in the development of Hougaard at the Bulls, and it could be that his return to the Bok fold helps Hougaard become the best No 9 on the planet.
‘I’d be happy to share my experience with the next generation of South African rugby talent and I would like to thank Suntory for granting permission to do so,’ said Du Preez.
‘That said, my contract with Suntory ends in March 2013 and I intend to show the club the same commitment I did to the Bulls and the Boks throughout my career.’