LIVE

    Sharks move fast to tie down Du Preez

    2018-08-01 06:49

    Sithembiso Dindi

    Durban - The Sharks have moved swiftly to tie down star player Jean-Luc du Preez with a new contract amid rumoured transfer interest from the Bulls.

    The 22-year-old flank had reportedly been identified by Bulls coach John Mitchell as one of his targets as he tries to bring success back to club, particularly in Super Rugby.

    The Pretoria franchise have struggled to shine in the competition, having failed in their attempts to make it past the knockout stage since 2013.

    While many had hoped that the arrival of the experienced New Zealand coach would do the trick, the side remain vulnerable as they finished 12th out of 15 teams in the standings in the current season.

    In addition, they finished at the bottom of the South African Conference, making it the Bulls’ worst ever campaign in the tournament.

    Now, according to recent media reports, the New Zealander had requested R90 million from the Gauteng side’s board to lure young Du Preez to the Pretoria outfit, while also showing his interest in Springboks Duane Vermeulen (unattached), Schalk Brits (unattached), Frans Malherbe (Stormers) and Junior Boks star Wandisile Simelane (Golden Lions).

    But in an interview with The Witness, Sharks communications manager Novashni Chetty confirmed that Du Preez was staying in Durban.

    She further said that the youngster has signed a new deal although she could not divulge further details regarding his contract extension.

    “Jean-Luc is contracted to the Sharks, he’s actually just re-signed with the franchise, so those rumours that he might leave aren’t true,” she said.

    “If a player has signed, you have to wait until he is a free agent before you can negotiate with them and Jean-Luc is no longer a free agent.”

    Du Preez is the son of Sharks coach Robert du Preez and twin brother to team-mate Daniel.

    He has represented South Africa at all levels and has 13 Springboks caps.

    While his 2017/18 Super Rugby campaign was cut short due to a knee injury, the young prospect is expected to be fit and ready before the start of the upcoming Currie Cup.

    The Sharks will return to action on August 25 when they host the Blue Bulls at Kings Park in Durban at 15:00.

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Breaking News

    Fixtures

    Friday, 19 April 2019
    • Chiefs v Lions, FMG Stadium Waikato 09:35
    • Sunwolves v Hurricanes, Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium 12:00
    • Sharks v Reds, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 15:05
    Saturday, 20 April 2019
    • Highlanders v Blues, Forsyth Barr Stadium 09:35
    • Waratahs v Rebels, Allianz Stadium 11:45
    • Stormers v Brumbies, Cape Town 15:05
    Friday, 26 April 2019
    • Crusaders v Lions, AMI Stadium 09:35
    • Sunwolves v Highlanders, Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium 12:00

    Results

    13 April 2019
    12 April 2019
    06 April 2019
    05 April 2019
    30 March 2019
    29 March 2019
    24 March 2019
    23 March 2019
    22 March 2019
    16 March 2019
    15 March 2019
    09 March 2019
    08 March 2019
    02 March 2019
    01 March 2019
    23 February 2019
    22 February 2019
    16 February 2019
    15 February 2019

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts
    • Bulls (Q)
    • Sharks (wc)
    • Jaguares (wc)
    • Stormers (wc)
    • Lions

    Opinion Poll

    Which of the 4 South African team will finish with the fewest Super Rugby SA Conference points?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

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