Rugby Championship

Concern as Du Preez sits out training

2015-08-04 16:19
Fourie du Preez at Tuesday's Springbok training.

Durban - There is renewed concern over the fitness of Fourie du Preez after the Springbok scrumhalf sat out Tuesday afternoon's training session at People's Park in Durban.

Whether or not Du Preez joined the session at a later stage (media were asked to leave after about 20 minutes of the session) is not known, but word from the Bok camp was the he was in some pain after Monday's session and that he would continue to be monitored. 

Du Preez had been identified as one of the players in line to play a part in Saturday's Rugby Championship clash against Argentina at Kings Park as he looks to prove his fitness for this year's Rugby World Cup.

Team doctor Craig Roberts had said on Monday he was happy with Du Preez's performance at training earlier that day, but that how he recovered from the training would be crucial in his availability for the weekend.

"But the test for him will be how he responds to the training load, but he may potentially be ready," Roberts said.

Bok backline coach Ricardo Loubscher also sang Du Preez's praises on Tuesday, and after listening to the former Springbok fullback it sounded like Du Preez was a certainty for Saturday.

"It’s nice to have him (Du Preez) back. He looked good in training yesterday (Monday)," said Loubscher.

"He’s a world class player, we don’t have to elaborate about him and what he brings to the table.

"He’s a nice guy in terms of the leadership to have in the team environment and we can’t wait to have him and for him to get going on Saturday."

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer will announce his side on Wednesday. 

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