Rugby: Fourie du Preez to miss rest of the season

2010-06-04 00:00

SPRINGBOK scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, widely recognised as the world’s leading scrumhalf, is to undergo shoulder surgery, which will sideline him for the rest of the season.

Du Preez, the hub of the successful Bulls and Springbok teams, seems certain to miss the June internationals (against France and Italy), the Tri-Nations and the Grand Slam tour of the UK.

According to Bulls team doctor Org Strauss, the injury is a long-term one, which has bothered Du Preez for some time “and has got progressively worse”.

The Springbok management will not be happy.

The Bulls fielded Du Preez week in and out during the Super 14 and his injury was only made public after the trophy was retained.

Strauss said that surgery would probably be carried out on Tuesday and Du Preez would be sidelined for six months.

He added that Du Preez will first discuss his situation with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

The loss of Du Preez would be a major blow for the Springboks, but it does open the door for Sharks scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar — if De Villiers can be persuaded.

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