Bok tighthead prop CJ van der Linde has announced that he will return to South Africa from Leinster in Ireland and be available to represent his former team, the Cheetahs, in the 2010 Currie Cup.
The 58-test veteran, who has been selected to play loosehead prop against Wales next weekend, has become the latest seasoned international to return to South Africa in the hope of winning a place in the 2011 World Cup squad. The Cheetahs had to rely on the help of SA Rugby, though, in order to make the move financially viable for van der Linde. He has signed contracts with both unions up until the end of 2011, at which point he should be ready for another massive European payday.
With SA Rugby yet to release any meaningful details about which Bok players are to be rested this Currie Cup, though, it remains to be seen whether van der Linde will be given the opportunity to pull on the white jersey this season. One would think that, having just completed a full northern hemisphere season, he would be a prime target for a few months with his feet up.
One player who definitely won’t play for the Cheetahs again is Wian du Preez. The once-capped loosehead has decided to continue his career in Ireland, having apparently grown frustrated at the lack of international opportunity he’s received. Despite being consistently touted as the strongest prop in South Africa, du Preez had his ass handed to him by Italy’s Martin Castrogiovanni in his solitary test appearance last year.Tweet