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Fourie won’t throw hand in

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark Β©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 17 Jun 2008 at 22:36

Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez will not be available for South Africa’s three Tri-Nations rugby matches in New Zealand and Australia next month.

Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that Du Preez, one of the stars of the team that won the World Cup last year, will be out of action for at least four more weeks.

He has had surgery on his injured right hand and will not go on tour with the Springboks, who will face the All Blacks twice and the Wallabies in one Test .

“I’ve spoken to (Springbok coach) Peter de Villiers and he agrees that I should make my return at provincial level rather than at Test level,” Du Preez said at the Blue Bulls’ practice session on Tuesday.

If everything goes well, he should be able to play against the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld on July 12.

A plate and twelve screws have been inserted to mend the fracture in his hand. Now he is following a rehabilitation programme under the guidance of Basil Carzis, the Blue Bulls’ conditioning expert.

Lock forward Francois van Schouwenburg is overjoyed at being back with the Pretoria outfit after spending six months playing for a French club, Toulon.

Professional and advanced

“It was an interesting experience and I am happy that I have widened my horizons,” the big forward said on Tuesday.

“I only realised in France how privileged we are at the Bulls. Everything here is so much more professional and advanced.

“All that I’m sorry about is that I did not force myself to learn French. Our coach, (former All Black) Tana Umaga, spoke only English at training and someone then interpreted it into French for the local players, who were in the minority.”

Van Schouwenburg, a general practitioner, will start practising as a doctor only in July when he reports for his compulsory community-service year at the casualty section of the Pretoria Academic Hospital.

“I am back for the Currie Cup season but I will decide only at the end of the season which direction to follow as a doctor,” he said.

Blue Bulls captain Wikus van Heerden said Van Schouwenburg’s experience would be invaluable in the Currie Cup match against the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

“Experience such as his is particularly important among the tight five, where things can become really hot,” Van Heerden added

Van Schouwenburg played in his 100th match for the Blue Bulls when the Lions came to Loftus Versfeld last year.

His lock partner for Saturday, Wilhelm Steenkamp, has a touch of flu and was unable to train on Tuesday. Team doctor Org Strauss believes he will be fit to play on Saturday.

The Blue Bulls team will be announced on Wednesday.


  • Won’t throw hand in ❓

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.06.08 09:34:26 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 1) : he can’t… it’s broked. Hope it haven’t costed him his place in the team πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.06.08 09:45:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : No it’ll probably cost us the 3N

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.06.08 09:57:58 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 3) : you rate Foorie that highly?

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.06.08 10:02:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Not me!

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.06.08 10:02:50 by PJLD Reply
  • Ok wait,i rate him highly but i dont reckon we are dead in the water without him.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.06.08 10:03:35 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 6) : agree with you. And I STILL maintain he’d be a better flyhalf than a scrumhalf.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.06.08 10:08:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Been talking to Morne alot these days Rob?

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.06.08 10:09:31 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 8) : he he… a little bit!

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.06.08 10:12:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Fourie didn’t have a great S14 and I believe it was the pressure of captaincy.I still rate him as a player. Let’s not forget the 36-0 drubbing of England in the RWC. He was brilliant. Maybe being in a winning team set-up will bring the best out of him again.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.06.08 10:17:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Sorry man Fourie…
    I think he had a massive WC…as a 9 and as a player…one of my players of the tourney.

    However, I think if this present squad gets all the basics right(all departments), we can still lift the 3N without his hand.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.06.08 10:18:31 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : Also the pressure of being coached by Ludecrous

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.06.08 10:18:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : yeah – he was immense that day. No doubt about it.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.06.08 10:19:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 11) : you seen the size of that trophy? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.06.08 10:19:24 by robdylan Reply
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