The three Du Preez brothers, and their Springbok father, are on the cover of the new SA Rugby magazine.
Saturday, 27 February 2016 will never be forgotten in the Du Preez household. At 3pm, 20-year-old twins Jean-Luc and Daniel made their Super Rugby debuts for the Sharks against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.
Both had great games, but it was Jean-Luc who received the Man of the Match award. At 5:05pm, 22-year-old Robert earned his first Super Rugby cap, scoring 23 points in the Stormers’ win against the Bulls, and was named Man of the Match. Their father, former Springbok scrumhalf and current Sharks assistant coach Rob Snr, would have been bursting with pride.
A few weeks later, SA Rugby magazine visited the Du Preez family in Durban to find out more about the role Rob Snr has played in his sons’ lives, and the close relationship between Rob Jnr, Jean-Luc and Daniel. The result is an insightful, informative read.
Also in the new issue, on sale this week:
– Elton Jantjies is producing world-class performances for the Lions
– Omar Mouneimne has added steel to the Sharks’ defence
– JD Schickerling made his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers 546 days after breaking his neck in an U21 match
– Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie is a little man with a big game
– Allister Coetzee will face a number of challenges as the new Springbok coach
– In the final instalment of a series on Springbok coaches, we look at André Markgraaff’s difficult stint in 1996
– For 10 years South African rugby has been lurching from one crisis to another with its president proving ineffective
– There was plenty of talent showcased at the Kearsney, St Stithians, St John’s and KES Easter festivals
– Glenwood won all three of their matches at the Kearsney Easter Festival
– Justin Geduld on his playmaking role for the Blitzboks, pushing for Olympic selection and his future plans
– England won their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2003 under new coach Eddie Jones
– Our latest Saffas in Europe XV based on players' performances for their clubs in March
– Former Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff believes playing in France will benefit his game
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