Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fourie du PreezFourie du Preez made his Super rugby debut for the Bull versus the Brumbies in 2003 and went on to make his international debut in 2004 against Ireland.

He had an excellent 2006 season for both his club and country, which resulted in him being named as South Africa's Player of the Year, and he was nominated for the IRB Player of the Year award.

In 2007, he had another good season for the Bulls before injury struck but he was still selected in the squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. 

Du Preez played a blinder of a tournament in France and firmly established himself as the best scrumhalf on the world scene.

Having previously represented South Africa at U19 level, du Preez was part of the U21 side that won the first U21 World Cup in 2002. 

Fourie du Preez captained the Bulls in the 2008 Super 14 and will again have a huge influence on the team’s performance during this year’s competition. 

He has the outstanding ability to make the right call at the right time and quite a lot of the Bulls’ game plan depends on his tactical kicking.

Du Preez is only turning 27 in March but he has already won a World Cup, Super 14 and more than one Currie Cup.

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Bok debut: 2004 v Ireland         Test caps: 43              Test points: 50

182 cm

Fourie du Preez {Pronounced Doo Preeah} (born 24 March 1982 in Pretoria) is a rugby union player. His position of choice is scrum half.Despite his small size (5'6 and 79 kilograms) Du Preez puts in some big hits, even on bigger forwards. Du Preez plays for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup competition in South Africa and the Bulls in the international Super 14 competition. Fourie du Preez is widely seen as the best scrum half in the world and one of the best players currently in world rugby.

Du Preez made his provincial debut during 2001 for the Blue Bulls in a match against the Leopards in the Currie Cup competition. It was in 2003 that he made his Super 12 (now, Super 14) debut for the Bulls side, against the ACT Brumbies. The following year he made his test match debut for the Springboks in a match against Ireland.

In 2006 Fourie du Preez was voted SA Rugby Player of the year by the South African Rugby Football Union. He was nominated for IRB player of the year as well.

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