Du Preez family to make Bok history in Paris

2017-11-17 10:43
Daniel and Jean-Luc du Preez (Gallo)

Cape Town - Springbok history will be made at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday night should loose forward Dan du Preez be called upon as a substitute.

Du Preez was named on the bench on Thursday by coach Allister Coetzee as the Boks look to get back to winning ways against a no doubt passionate French side basking in the glory of having being awarded hosting rights to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Should his services be required, Du Preez will join twin brother, Jean-Luc, as the 33rd pair of brothers and only the second set of Springbok twins (after Odwa and Akona Ndungane) to don the famous green and gold jersey.

Furthermore, the 22-year-old Du Preez twins, along with father Robert, will become the first 'father and two sons' family in Springbok history, dating back to the first Test played some 126 years ago in 1891.

Robert became Springbok #562 when he made his debut in the 27-24 defeat against New Zealand in 1992 and went on to play seven Tests for his country.

Jean-Luc, Springbok #881, debuted against Wales on 2016's end-of-year tour against Wales - a match the Boks lost 27-13 - and to date has 10 Test caps to his name.

Dan will become Springbok #889 should he enter the fray on Saturday ... and hopefully the first Du Preez to win on debut!

Kick-off is at 22:00 SA time.



15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Mathieu Bastareaud, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot

Substitutes: 16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Daniel Kotze, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Anthony Jelonch, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Damian Penaud

South Africa

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Wilco Louw 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira 

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Dan du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian de Allende

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