Jean-Luc Du Preez
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Jean-Luc Du Preez
Jean-Luc du Preez
Date of birth (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 (age 25)
Place of birthDurban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Height1.94 m (6 ft  in)
Weight113 kg (17 st 11 lb; 249 lb)
SchoolKearsney College, Botha's Hill
UniversitySharks Academy
Notable relative(s)Robert du Preez (father),
Robert du Preez (brother),
Dan du Preez (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Current team Sharks / Sale Sharks
Youth career
2008-2015 Sharks
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015 Sharks XV 4 (0)
2015-2018 18 (10)
2015-present Sharks 45 (30)
2018 -> Sale Sharks 6 (5)
Correct as of 7 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012-2013 South Africa Schools 5 (5)
2014-2015 South Africa U20 8 (0)
2016 South Africa A 2 (5)
2016 Springbok XV[a] 1 (0)
2016-2018 South Africa 13 (10)
Correct as of 23 June 2018

Jean-Luc du Preez (born (1995-08-05)5 August 1995 is a South African rugby union player for the Sharks in Super Rugby and Sale Sharks in the English Premiership.[2] He made his debut for South Africa in 2016 and his regular position is flanker.

Early life

He was born in Durban. He is the son of Sharks coach and former South Africa player Robert du Preez, and the brother of Sharks players Robert du Preez and Dan du Preez.

Career

Youth

Du Preez was selected in a number of KwaZulu-Natal youth squads whilst still at school. At primary school level, he was selected for their squad that played at the 2008 Under-13 Craven Week competition. He also played in the premier schools competition in South Africa - the Under-18 Craven Week in three different seasons; he made two appearances at the 2011 event in Kimberley, three appearances at the 2012 event in Port Elizabeth and a further three appearances in 2013, scoring two tries in their match against Border.[3]

In both 2012 and 2013, Du Preez was selected to represent a South African Schools team. In 2012, he played in their matches against France,[4]Wales[5] and England[6] and in 2013 he made appearances against France[7] and Wales, in which game he also scored a try.[8]

In 2014, he was included in the South Africa Under-20 squad that played at the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand. He played off the bench in their 61-5 victory over Scotland[9] and started their next match against hosts New Zealand, helping South Africa to a 33-24 win.[10] He sustained a blow to the head during the match[11] and missed their final pool match against Samoa[12] and their 32-25 semi-final match against New Zealand.[13] He recovered in time for the final against England and played off the bench just after half-time, but could not prevent South Africa losing the match 20-21 to finish the competition as runners-up.[14]

He returned to domestic action to play a key part in the Sharks U19 side that played in the 2014 Under-19 Provincial Championship; he made twelve appearances and scored tries a total of seven tries,[15] including two in their match against Golden Lions U19,[16] to help them qualify for the semi-finals, where they lost 20-43 to the Blue Bulls U19s.[17]

In 2015, he was again named in a 37-man training squad for the South Africa national under-20 rugby union team[18] and started for them in a friendly match against a Varsity Cup Dream Team in April 2015.[19] He was included in the squad that embarked on a two-match tour of Argentina.[20] He didn't feature in their 25-22 victory over Argentina,[21] but started their 39-28 victory a few days later.[22]

Upon the team's return, he was named in the final squad for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship.[23] He started all three of their matches in Pool B of the competition; a 33-5 win against hosts Italy,[24] a 40-8 win against Samoa[25] and a 46-13 win over Australia[26] to help South Africa finish top of Pool B to qualify for the semi-finals with the best record pool stage of all the teams in the competition. Du Preez started their semi-final match against England, but could not prevent them losing 20-28 to be eliminated from the competition by England for the second year in succession.[27] He played off the bench in their third-place play-off match against France, helping South Africa to a 31-18 win to secure third place in the competition.[28]

Sharks

Du Preez made his provincial first class debut on 21 March 2015, starting the match for the Sharks XV in their 53-0 victory over the Border Bulldogs in the opening match of the 2015 Vodacom Cup competition.[29] He also started their matches against Free State XV[30] and Boland Cavaliers[31] and played off the bench against the SWD Eagles.[31]

South Africa 'A'

In 2016, Du Preez was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team.[32] He came on as a replacement in their first match in Bloemfontein,[33] but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32-24 winners.[34] He then started the second match of the series, scoring the home team's first try in a 26-29 defeat to the Saxons in George.[35]

Sale Sharks

In November 2018, he joined the Sale Sharks on loan until February 2019.[36] He made six appearances and scored one try during his loan spell,[37] which was cut short after he picked up an injury in their match against Gloucester.[38]

Notes

  1. ^ In addition to playing in test matches, Du Preez also played for a Springbok XV that played against the Barbarians in London in November 2016. The South African Rugby Union did not award this match tour match status and no caps were awarded to players that appeared in this match.[1]

References

  1. ^ South African Rugby Annual 2017. South African Rugby Union. 2017. pp. 172-173. ISBN 978-0-620-74427-0.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile - Jean-Luc du Preez". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Border 14-77 KwaZulu Natal". South African Rugby Union. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa 17-7 France". South African Rugby Union. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa 24-16 Wales". South African Rugby Union. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa 36-29 England". South African Rugby Union. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa 17-13 France". South African Rugby Union. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa 14-13 Wales". South African Rugby Union. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa 61-5 Scotland". South African Rugby Union. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - New Zealand 24-33 South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Junior Boks call on reinforcements". Rugby365. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Samoa 8-21 South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa 32-25 New Zealand". South African Rugby Union. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - England 21-20 South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers - 2014 Absa Under 19 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Golden Lions U19 41-36 Sharks U19". South African Rugby Union. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Blue Bulls U19 43-20 Sharks U19". South African Rugby Union. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ "Junior Bok training squad confirmed". South African Rugby Union. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Varsity Cup XV 24-31 South Africa U/20". South African Rugby Union. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  20. ^ "SARU names Junior Bok squad for Argentine tour". South African Rugby Union. 29 April 2015. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ "Los Pumitas cayeron ante Baby Boks por 25 a 22". Unión Argentina de Rugby (in Spanish). 12 May 2015. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  22. ^ "Los Pumitas cayeron ante Baby Boks por 39 a 28". Unión Argentina de Rugby (in Spanish). 16 May 2015. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ "Liebenberg to lead Junior Boks at U20 World Championship in Italy". South African Rugby Union. 20 May 2015. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 2015.
  24. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Italy U20 5-33 South Africa U20". South African Rugby Union. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  25. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa U20 40-8 Samoa U20". South African Rugby Union. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  26. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa U20 46-13 Australia U20". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  27. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa U20 20-28 England U20". South African Rugby Union. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  28. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - France U20 18-31 South Africa U20". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  29. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Cell C Sharks XV 53-0 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  30. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Cell C Sharks XV 18-35 Toyota Free State XV". South African Rugby Union. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  31. ^ a b "SA Rugby Match Centre - Cell C Sharks XV 52-12 Boland Cavaliers". South African Rugby Union. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  32. ^ "Ackermann to coach SA 'A' against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 28 May 2016. [{{{archiveurl}}} Archived] Check |archiveurl= value (help) from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  33. ^ "Youth and experience for SA 'A' opener against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 8 June 2016. [{{{archiveurl}}} Archived] Check |archiveurl= value (help) from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  34. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa "A" 24-32 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  35. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - South Africa "A" 26-29 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  36. ^ "Sale Sharks Sign Jean Luc Du Preez" (Press release). Sale Sharks. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  37. ^ "Sale Sharks | Jean-Luc Du Preez". Sale Sharks. Retrieved 2019.
  38. ^ @SaleSharksRugby (3 January 2019). "THANK YOU | @Jeanluc_7 is heading back to South Africa this weekend after picking up an injury on Saturday at Kingsholm! It's been a pleasure JL ? Good luck with Super Rugby this year and we might just see you after! The #SharksFamily will be watching! #SharksByNature" (Tweet). Retrieved 2019 – via Twitter.

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