Springbok legend Fourie du Preez will most likely warm the bench during Saturdays encounter with Argentina in the Rugby Championship with incumbent Ruan Pienaar running with the starting team in training.
Du Preez, who has 62 test caps to his name was recalled to the squad by coach Heyeneke Meyer after an injury to Francois Hougard. This will be the first time he is included in a Springbok squad since “that” quarter final against Australia in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Meyer has always wanted Fourie in his squad but the no.9 decided that as he was plying his trade in Japan, national duty would be too much for him. However, Meyer has been very impressed with Du Preez since his return to the Boks.
“I was very impressed with Fourie du Preez today [Monday], I always knew he was a world-class player and it’s been an honour for me to coach him since he was 19-years-old, You can see when a guy has class, he hasn’t lost anything. I know it was the first training session, but the small touches on the ball and the way he puts the forwards through the gaps was impressive. His kicking game is world class and you could see that in training as well. I always believe a quality player has a lot of time on the ball and he has that.” Meyer said.
“I will make a decision only late on Tuesday, or early on Wednesday – because I need to make the right decision – but I’m very happy that I brought him in. You could see the way he spoke to the youngsters, guys like Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi. He brings a steady vibe to the team, so it’s great to have him there. We also have two other scrumhalves and we’re now in the fortunate position where we have great scrumhalves and anyone of them can start.”