Pretorius targets Welsh cap

2012-06-28 18:25

Johannesburg - Heineken Cup team, the Cardiff Blues will tour the country with South African born No 8 Andries Pretorius, who could possibly turn-out for Wales within the next two years.

The Cardiff Blues will play against the Free State Cheetahs at Grey College's main field on August 4 in Bloemfontein with Pretorius set to face his countrymen.

While Pretorius, 26, is relatively unknown in South Africa he is highly regarded in Wales as a possible future Welsh player.

His eligibility to play for Wales comes in the wake of a number of young South African talent leaving these shores to possibly turn out for other countries.

This follows the revelation last week that former SA under-20 captain CJ Stander had signed a two-year deal with Irish club Munster while Stormers wing Danie Poolman and flank Nick Fenton-Wells will be going to Connacht and Ulster respectively.

This is also comes off the back of Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn's departure to Australian Super Rugby franchise Western Force.

Pretorius moved to the United Kingdom in 2006 to study business at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire and made his debut for the Blues in 2009.

Cardiff Blues chief executive Richard Holland said Pretorius was an exciting player and had a bright future ahead of him.

"He's certainly a big part of our squad and he is a talented rugby player," said Holland.

"From our perspective if he continues in that fashion he should catch the eye of the Welsh selectors as soon as he becomes eligible."

The match promoter, Willem Strauss said on Thursday that Cardiff Blues had confirmed that their players, who represented Wales in their recent tour to Australia, will be included in the touring team to South Africa.

Welsh captain, Sam Warburton will also be leading the Blues team against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Two of the Blues' injured stars, the British Lions centre Jamie Roberts and the former All Black No 8, Xavier Rush will accompany the team on the tour.

In one of the curtain raisers of the day, Grey's first team will be in action against Kearsney College from KwaZulu Natal.


  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-28 19:18

    This could be the same for Stander and Roux in a few years time...

      Lance - 2012-06-29 09:02

      "I think its great that some of SA's second choice players get a chance to turn out for some of the developing rugby nations" Quoted .Our best guys will always be kept close to the Bok action, its usually the "pretty good" players that leave SA who know that the likelihood of them making it into the Bok side is slim..especially when they sense that they arent rated within the top three choices for their postiion on home soil. With the great state of SA schools, Varsity/Currie cup and S15 we will always have heaps of talented players ready to give 110% for the Boks Its understandable for them to want to leave....Why hang around in SA if you wont get to play for the Boks, yet are being enticed to play for a foreign club and hints at playing for A national side ? Money makes the world go around.. A heartefelt good luck from me to them yet unfortuntely a cold goodbye !

      Lance - 2012-06-29 09:06

      @ Sean..Theres a line of "Standers" and "Roux's" all around SA, who are working hard to step into their boots. The Rand is weak, but the desire to play for the Boks by many is still strong.

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-06-30 07:12

      Sean once many of these players have tasted the personal freedoms and safety of the countries mentioned they are unlikey to return. Not really suprising is it.

  • grantcg - 2012-06-28 19:30

    @ sean.brady CJ Stander has been in a springbok training squad so should rule him out of representing another nation. Quinn roux is a passionate south african and is only in ireland for a year.

      kenneth.fisher.750 - 2012-06-28 20:47

      @GRANTCG, you have to have taken the field in an IRB sanctioned test match to have 'represented' your country. Also remember that Clyde Rathbone was the captain of Jake White's Springbok U21 World Cup squad and went on to play for Australia.

  • viva.lebok - 2012-06-28 22:56

    They can keep Pretorius, however I hope CJ Stander comes back home after 2 years and plays for the Boks. SARU must wake up and put into the rules that if someone has played in any Springbok colours, that player cannot play for another country. i.e CJ Stander has played for the Boks U/20.

  • viva.lebok - 2012-06-28 22:59

    @Kenneth.fisher.750 The Welsch Rugby union consider that a player that has represented their country at U/20 level the same as the senior team. SARU shoukd do the same.

      kenneth.fisher.750 - 2012-06-28 23:06

      It doesnt matter what we think should happen. Until the rules change these players aren't bound.

  • P.J. - 2012-06-29 08:25

    I think players should be able to make up their own minds! Rugby is their livelihood and these guys only have a small window in witch they can "cash in". It is a job like any other, and who of you guys won't jump at a chance to earn more money for doing the same work?

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-06-30 07:15

      Players are making up their minds ....they have done since Tiann Strauss and Clyde Rathbone. Anyone who has talent and wants to take the gap to a country with much better prospects has my blessing.

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