Butch: Du Preez a shy guy

2015-10-01 14:09
Fourie du Preez (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Springbok flyhalf Butch James says that Fourie du Preez is a "shy guy" and not the most vocal before matches. 

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Du Preez was named Springbok captain on Wednesday for Saturday's crucial World Cup clash against Scotland in Newcastle after Jean de Villiers was ruled out of the tournament with a fractured jaw. 

And while James agrees fundamentally with the decision to appoint the 33-year-old as skipper, he did suggest on a video posted to his Twitter account that motivational speaking pre-match may not be Du Preez's strong point.

"I’m pretty happy with Fourie being captain. He probably makes 90% of the calls anyway even when he isn’t captain on the field," James said of his 2007 World Cup-winning halfback partner.

"Just one aspect of his captaincy that might have to pick up a little bit will be motivation before the game. He’s quite a shy guy and doesn’t talk a lot before a game.

"But there are a lot of senior guys around him that I’m sure he will rely on to pop in and motivate the guys before kick-off. All in all it’s a really strong Springbok team."

Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:45. 


South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez (captain), 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger (vice-captain), 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein


15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Richie Vernon, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 David Denton, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Josh Strauss, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 WP Nel, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid

Substitutes: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Sean Lamont

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