Springboks

Du Preez out for 4-8 weeks

Fourie du Preez (Gallo Images)
Fourie du Preez (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez will be sidelined for an extended period with a medial knee ligament injury.

When Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer unveiled a 49-strong squad on Saturday, a paragraph in the official media release revealed that “(Du Preez) suffered a knee injury while training with his Japanese club earlier this week”.

More clarity regarding Du Preez’s injury was given in Johannesburg on Monday, where it was determined that the 33-year-old former Loftus-based favourite, now contracted to Suntory Goliath in Japan, will be sidelined for between 4-8 weeks.

The other scrumhalves picked in the Springbok squad are Ruan Pienaar, Cobus Reinach, Faf de Klerk and Rudy Paige.

Springbok squad (in alphabetical order):

Willem Alberts (Sharks), Loose forward, 32 Test caps

Schalk Brits (Saracens, England), Hooker, 7

Schalk Burger (Stormers / Suntory, Japan), Loose forward, 75

Marcell Coetzee (Sharks), Loose forward, 26

Damian De Allende (Stormers), Centre, 3

Faf de Klerk (Lions/Pumas), Scrumhalf, 0

Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks), Hooker, 70

Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), Prop, 62

Eben Etzebeth (Stormers), Lock, 33

Elton Jantjies (Lions), Flyhalf, 2

Bryan Habana (Toulon, France), Wing, 106

Cornal Hendricks (Cheetahs), Wing, 11

Zane Kirchner (Leinster, Ireland), Wing / Fullback, 29

Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), Prop, 0

Vincent Koch (Stormers/Steval Pumas), Prop, 0

Siya Kolisi (Stormers), Loose forward, 10

Jesse Kriel (Bulls), Fullback, 0

Willie le Roux (Cheetahs), Fullback / Wing, 25

Francois Louw (Bath, England), Loose forward, 34

Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Prop, 4

Victor Matfield (Bulls), Lock, 121

Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje (Cheetahs), Loose forward, 7

Franco Mostert (Lions), Lock, 0

Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Prop, 64

Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), Wing, 10

Scarra Ntubeni (Stormers), Hooker, 0

Trevor Nyakane (Bulls), Prop, 13

Rudy Paige (Bulls), Scrumhalf, 0

Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N Ireland), Scrumhalf, 80

JP Pietersen (Sharks), Centre / Wing, 59

Handré Pollard (Bulls), Flyhalf, 9

Morné Steyn (Stade Francais, France), Flyhalf, 59

Adriaan Strauss (Bulls), Hooker, 44

Heinke van der Merwe (Stade Francais, France), Prop, 4

Marcel van der Merwe (Bulls), Prop, 4

Warren Whiteley (Lions), Loose forward, 2

Injured / Conditioning squad:

Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs/Docomo, Japan), Loose forward, 20

Lood de Jager (Cheetahs), Lock, 9

Jean de Villiers (Stormers), Centre, 106

Fourie du Preez (Suntory, Japan), Scrumhalf, 70

Pieter-Steph du Toit (Sharks), Lock, 2

Jaque Fourie (Kobe, Japan), Centre, 72

Patrick Lambie (Sharks), Flyhalf / Fullback, 40

Lionel Mapoe (Lions), Centre, 0

Coenie Oosthuizen (Cheetahs), Prop, 21

Cobus Reinach (Sharks), Scrumhalf, 6

Jan Serfontein (Bulls), Centre, 20

Frans Steyn (Sharks), Centre, 53

Duane Vermeulen (Stormers), No 8, 29

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