Veteran Bok joins Leopards

2012-01-24 11:47

Cape Town - The Leopards may have been relegated to the lower echelons of South African rugby, but they have still managed to attract the services of a Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok.

Leopards coach Leon Boshoff confirmed to the Rugby365 website that 33-year-old Bok flyhalf André Pretorius has returned from France and started training with the men from Potchefstroom.

With the country's premier domestic competition, the Currie Cup, having been reduced to a six-team tournament for 2012, the Leopards and Pumas have both been relegated to the First Division.

However, Pretorius has joined two of his former Lions team-mates -  Boshoff, now head coach, and his assistant Jorrie Muller - in Potchefstroom.

Pretorius could make his Leopards debut against his former Lions team-mates in a Vodacom Cup match in March.


  • Darryl - 2012-01-24 12:05

    world cup winning springbok.....sorry am i missing something was he there in 2007

      Citizen - 2012-01-24 12:15

      Hey dont be so hard on him, times are tough for ageing rugby players, i bet he still raises the bar for the Leopards by a fair bit.. cant be too difficult

      Selma - 2012-01-24 13:56

      Darryl, I am surprised that you cannot remember his performance as flyhalf in the RWC 2007 - it was the worst kicking display in the history of the game.

  • Koos - 2012-01-24 12:17

    Hi darryl yep.... remember the game against somao when brian Lima tried to take him out but instead, brian took himself out!

  • Petrus - 2012-01-24 12:33

    Darryl you sound like an idiot - you must be a Sharks supporter!

      Danny - 2012-01-24 13:17

      Idiot yes, Sharks supporter NO!

  • B - 2012-01-24 12:35

    So how long will it be before he picks up an injury and be out for a few games again! Should he not rather retire and coach some team?

  • Daniel - 2012-01-24 13:20

    WP would have snatched him up, but he's still to young...

      Selma - 2012-01-24 13:57

      Don't kick a team when it's down.

  • ShauneJordaan - 2012-01-24 13:32

    Andre was a great player. We all forget this cracker of a game against England at Twickenhan, when we have not won there in years! He was brilliant. Andre was hampered with injuries, he was a talented player. All the best to him

      Hendrik - 2012-01-24 13:55

      Agree about the promise he showed and how good he could be on a good day. Pity they were so few and far between and he was so injury prone. Could have reached great milestones if it was not for the many injuries and lack of consistency.

  • Shaun - 2012-01-25 13:22

    Jorrie Muller assistant coach? How the hell did that happen?

  • johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2012-01-25 13:23

    Hy was maar gelukkig om 'n Springboktrui te kon aantrek. Hy moes nooit sover gekom het nie

  • Emile - 2012-01-26 17:14

    an injury prone player, time to hang up the boots ! will do better as a kicking coach, to many great young flyhalves that needs playtime & not sitting on the bench because of a 33year old that has had his time!

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