Du Preez offered Bok captaincy

2012-05-26 12:21
Fourie du Preez (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has reportedly offered scrumhalf Fourie du Preez the option of captaining the Springboks in the upcoming three-Test series against England in June.

According to the Keo.co.za website, Meyer met with Du Preez this week to offer him the position on a short-term basis.

Du Preez, currently plying his trade with Suntory Goliath in Japan, is yet to indicate if he will accept the offer, which will again be reviewed after the England series.

Meyer was earlier this year interested in luring retired lock Victor Matfield out of retirement to lead the team but an International Rugby Board (IRB) rule regarding retired players floored that plan.

A rule from the IRB states that a retired player announcing his return to the game may not play international rugby for six months after announcing his comeback.

The rule is in place to prevent players who have used banned substances from suddenly retiring to "buy" time to get the substance out of their system and then suddenly announce their return to the playing arena.

Meyer earlier this week invited 42 players to attend a final planning camp in Durban, which starts on Sunday.

This will be the final opportunity for Meyer to work with the players before the final Springbok squad to face England will converge in the coastal city on Sunday, June 3.

The first Test against England starts in Durban on June 9, followed by Tests in Johannesburg (June 16) and Port Elizabeth (June 23).

Players invited to the final Springbok Planning Camp in Durban on May 27-28:

Forwards (22):
Coenie Oosthuizen, Tendai Mtawarira, Dean Greyling, Jannie du Plessis, Pat Cilliers, Werner Kruger, Bismarck du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Flip van der Merwe, Eben Etzebeth, Andries Bekker, Juandré Kruger, Marcell Coetzee, CJ Stander, Heinrich Brüssow, Keegan Daniel, Willem Alberts, Jean Deysel, Pierre Spies, Ryan Kankowski, Josh Strauss

Backs (20):
Francois Hougaard, Jano Vermaak, Piet van Zyl, Morné Steyn, Pat Lambie, Elton Jantjies, Peter Grant, Wynand Olivier, Jean de Villiers, Juan de Jongh, JJ Engelbrecht, Bryan Habana, Bjorn Basson, JP Pietersen, Gio Aplon, Lwazi Mvovo, Akona Ndungane, Zane Kirchner, Jaco Taute, Joe Pietersen

Read more on:    springboks  |  fourie du preez  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

UK expert: Boks ‘have KO game’
Ireland hold on to down Italy
As it happened: Ireland 16-9 Italy
All Blacks sympathise with England
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

The Springboks bounced back in emphatic fashion against Samoa. How far do you see them now progressing in the tournament?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.