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Du Preez returns to his roots


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 12 Sep 2013 at 09:51
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Former Springbok and Sharks scrumhalf Robert du Preez will return to Potchefstroom next month to take up a new role as head coach of the PUK Varsity Cup and Leopards Currie Cup teams. Du Preez, who rose to prominence as Naas Botha’s regular halfback partner at Northern Transvaal in the late 80s, first cut his teeth playing for the so-called “Mielieboere” from Western Transvaal.

His arrival in Durban in 1992 was quite a coup for the Natal side, whose regular scrumhalf and captain, Craig Jamieson, had opted to retire and move into an administrative role. Du Preez played for Natal up until 1997 and also represented the Springboks during that period, selected in the number 9 jersey for South Africa’s first tests after re-admission.

In recent times, though, du Preez has risen to prominence as head coach of College Rovers, having coached the first side to back-to-back Moore and Murray Cup triumphs, as well as a runners-up berth in the inaugural Community Cup this year. His elevation to a senior professional coaching position continues a long line of succession for former Rovers coaches; Brad Macleod-Henderson and Sean Everitt, for example, have both held the Rovers head coach position in the past and are now assistant coaches for the Sharks.

Du Preez will, of course, retain strong links to Durban and the Sharks through sons Robert (Sharks under 21 flyhalf), Jean-Luc and Daniel. The latter pair are currently writing matric at Kearnsey College and will join the Sharks Academy in 2014.

Good luck with the new challenge, Robert! We hope it all goes well.



20 Comments

  • Should have been the Sharks coach..

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.09.13 10:04:27 by Uli Reply
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  • Thanks for all the memories Robert! Hope the legacy continues!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.09.13 10:04:50 by R Hayward Reply

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  • @Uli (Comment 1) : oh ok, so it’s ok for club coach Robert du Preez to be Sharks coach, but not for club coach Brad Macleod-Henderson to be Sharks coach? Explain that logic? Brad at least won Club Champs when he coached Rovers…

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.09.13 10:08:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : yes because Robert is not a high school coach, that’s why.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.09.13 10:13:02 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 4) : ok, let me type this one slowly so you can get it.

    I’ll also put it in bold:

    Brad Macleod-Henderson also coached College Rovers. He was their head coach for two seasons and took them to a National Club Championships title.

    So there we go. Does that clarify it for you?

    Bear in mind that club coaching in South Africa is at best semi-professional, meaning that even at a top club like Rovers, it’s unlikely to be a job that pays highly, if at all. In contrast, a Director of Rugby position at a top private school is likely to pay considerably more and is very much a full-time job. It’s hardly surprising that a club coach would see a move to a top school as a step up, career-wise. Ryan Strudwick made the same move.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.09.13 10:16:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Hehe, relax bud, I was pulling ur leg ;)

    I do however feel Robert would have brought more to the Sharks. Thats just me ;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.09.13 11:00:49 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 6) : I think Brad is about to be named Currie Cup coach of the month for August :)

    Oh – and well done. You caught me :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.09.13 11:11:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : And now you are pulling our legs.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.09.13 11:19:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 6) : Not too sure what Robert du Preez has achieved in his coaching career?

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.09.13 11:23:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : no – I’m not actually.

    This is what I know:

    1) The ABSA Currie Cup Player of the Month awards are being handed out in Durban at midday today
    2) Cheslin Kolbe is on his way to Durban

    This is what I surmise:
    1) Kolbe is either the player of the month, or is negotiating a surprise move to the Sharks. The latter is unlikely because he just re-signed with Province
    2) Assuming the player of the month is not a Shark, the only reason for doing the announcement in Durban is because the coach of the month IS a Shark.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.09.13 11:25:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : for me, there is one (and only one) very good reason why I don’t want Robert du Preez to coach the Sharks: his kids are all going to play for the Sharks in the next few years.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.09.13 11:26:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Dont they have a groundsman of the month award. Maybe Kolbe is going to collect the award for Allister….or maybe there is a really good tackle coach in Durban.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.09.13 11:29:59 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : I think your deductions are probably right.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.09.13 11:31:01 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : good point

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.09.13 11:31:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : it’s just the kind of conflict of interest that you don’t want.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.09.13 11:34:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Where is flippie.bot ? Jeez he was entertaining :lol: Uli isn’t far off flippie.bot

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.09.13 11:41:28 by Talent Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Yeah I remember when he picked his sons for the craven week while they where still grade 10 people here in Pretoria first accused him of choosing them because they are his sons and if it had to happen in the senior team it it would have been everybody.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.09.13 12:07:41 by BR Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : so it’s been given to all 3 of them – Venter, MacH and Everitt

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.09.13 12:42:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 17) : What about the coaches who “pick” their players for craven week team? Nothing gets said about them.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.09.13 13:03:49 by Uli Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Great, will be added incentive to do the business this weekend.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.09.13 13:07:29 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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