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Du Preez confirms he is out of here after the RWC

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news on 17 Mar 2010 at 19:33
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The Vodacom Bulls scum half, Fourie du Preez, on Wednesday extended his contract with the union till the conclusion of the Super 15 competition in 2011.

SA Rugby reports that Du Preez, who turns 28 next week, also signed his Springbok contract that will keep him in Green and Gold till the end of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011.

He will then join a club side in Japan.

Du Preez, who made his debut for the Vodacom Blue Bulls in 2001 and for the Vodacom Bulls in 2003, wants to end his successful relationship with the Bulls on a high.

“These were the best rugby years of my life and I could never have played for another union. By revealing my plans for the future now, it will give the Bulls sufficient time to plan for the future and possible successors. There is already some excellent players like Francois Hougaard knocking on the door, so it is time to move on,” Du Preez said.

“I was happy to be involved with the Bulls during arguable the best era they have ever had. It remains a massive honor to be part of the structures started and maintained by world class coaches such as Heyneke Meyer and Frans Ludeke. The leadership of Victor Matfield and the bond between the team members is also something I will always treasure. There is still time for me to add value and it is something I look forward to.”

With regards to the national side, Du Preez indicated that the joy he had playing for the Springboks in 2009, made it easy to commit himself to the national cause till after the World Cup.

“There is the chance to play in another World Cup, but also the knowledge that I will enjoy the experience. Last season was the most enjoyable I have had in the Bok jersey and think Peter de Villiers deserve a lot of credit for that. I feel we have the experience and core group in the team to make a serious run at the Webb Ellis trophy again,” Du Preez said.

His decision to play in Japan was equally easy to make, he said.

“After 11 years at the Bulls, I am affording myself the opportunity to change the scenery and to expose myself to a different culture. This contract will allow me that,” Du Preez said.

“I think I can learn a lot and broaden my horizons in the game at the same time, which will help should I opt for a career in coaching later on in my life.”

Ludeke indicated that Du Preez’s decision will leave them with enough time to start a succession plan.

“Again Fourie did not only act in his own interests, but thought of the team as well. As one of the architects of the success the Bulls enjoyed in recent years, his input in our planning will be highly valued and it is nice to know he will be around for a while still. I know he had many offers and options, but he again showed his commitment to the Bulls.

Ludeke said investment in possible replacements will start soon.

“Fourie is a student of the game and will help in the process to indentify and bring the right successors through,” Ludeke said.

Fourie du Preez facts:

Vodacom Blue Bulls (debut, 2001 vs Leopards). 51 matches, 100 points.
Vodacom Bulls (debut, 2003 vs Brumbies). 89 matches, 90 points.
South Africa (debut, 2004 vs Ireland). 55 tests, 65 points.


  • The First to CONFIRM that he is outta her? or have there been others?

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.03.10 19:59:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Comment 2, posted at 17.03.10 20:14:08 by Charmaine Reply
  • I think Matfield and Bakkies will also leave after the RWC.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.03.10 20:23:05 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) : hope they got somebody to replace them 😕

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.03.10 20:25:13 by Charmaine Reply

  • Now that we are in and about the world cup 2011 wonder from the sharks who is leaving us and are there replacements 😥

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.03.10 20:37:24 by Charmaine Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    Are there any other guys who have come out and CONFIRMED that they are on their way though?

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.03.10 20:40:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Japan? 😯

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.03.10 20:43:21 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : ja Japan not for me thanks 😳 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.03.10 20:44:46 by Charmaine Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 7) :

    As a lock not as a scrumhalf. 😛

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.03.10 20:47:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Seeing as no-one else is going to say it I will.

    I bet he’ll be big in Japan. 🙄

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.03.10 20:48:17 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.03.10 20:49:18 by McLovin Reply

  • @Charmaine (Comment 8) : To visit perhaps but not to live. 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.03.10 20:49:49 by McLovin Reply

  • Very interesting history/culture though. 😎

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.03.10 20:50:49 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : Had a comp on bank side ask my hubby if we win what then because he say no go so what do i do give them to you :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.03.10 20:51:21 by Charmaine Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : yeh and the bucks must be veryyyy big i guess 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.03.10 20:55:32 by Charmaine Reply

  • @Charmaine (Comment 14) : Not quite sure what that means, but thanks. :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.03.10 20:56:04 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : standard bank competions they got one going and if you win well go to Japan well i think is japan but somewhere around them ❓ :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.03.10 20:59:57 by Charmaine Reply

  • you see can’t stop but know i must go till tomorrow :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.03.10 21:35:00 by Charmaine Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 12) :

    Am just reading a Jeremy Clarkson book where he complains about the traffic in Japan, saying he brought a Japanese Exchange student back from the airport and she got car sick within 5 miles of the airport because they are probably not used to travelling more than 3MPH for more than a few hundred yards at a time. 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.03.10 07:57:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I went over to Japan once back in ’00 with Brian. It was nice but I don’t think I could ever stay there for an extendended amount of time unless I was out in the country somewhere. We stayed in Toyko and it was just too intense for me. People everywhere all the time no matter when you went out. The most amusing part of the trip for me though was that I finally felt tall and Brian was like a virtual giant..he actually had to duck his head a few times in the subway and some of the shops so he wouldn’t decapitate himself.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.03.10 15:27:30 by Milissa Reply

  • I got a bit distracted…back to folks moving around after RWC, I have been saying since ’08 and I am still standing by my gut feeling that Fred may look back toward SA bc his contract w/ Toulouse is up that year and from all accounts both personal and those I’ve seen online that he was truly happy playing and living in Durbs.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.03.10 15:35:53 by Milissa Reply


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