|Date of birth||5 August 1995|
|Place of birth||Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft in)|
|Weight||113 kg (17 st 11 lb; 249 lb)|
|School||Kearsney College, Botha's Hill|
|Notable relative(s)||Robert du Preez (father), |
Robert du Preez (brother),
Dan du Preez (brother)
|Rugby union career|
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.
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,Wales and England and in 2013 he made appearances against France and Wales, in which game he also scored a try.
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 and started their next match against hosts New Zealand, helping South Africa to a 33-24 win. He sustained a blow to the head during the match and missed their final pool match against Samoa and their 32-25 semi-final match against New Zealand. 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.
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, including two in their match against Golden Lions U19, to help them qualify for the semi-finals, where they lost 20-43 to the Blue Bulls U19s.
In 2015, he was again named in a 37-man training squad for the South Africa national under-20 rugby union team and started for them in a friendly match against a Varsity Cup Dream Team in April 2015. He was included in the squad that embarked on a two-match tour of Argentina. He didn't feature in their 25-22 victory over Argentina, but started their 39-28 victory a few days later.
Upon the team's return, he was named in the final squad for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship. He started all three of their matches in Pool B of the competition; a 33-5 win against hosts Italy, a 40-8 win against Samoa and a 46-13 win over Australia 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. 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.
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. He also started their matches against Free State XV and Boland Cavaliers and played off the bench against the SWD Eagles.
In 2016, Du Preez was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team. He came on as a replacement in their first match in Bloemfontein, but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32-24 winners. 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.
In November 2018, he joined the Sale Sharks on loan until February 2019. He made six appearances and scored one try during his loan spell, which was cut short after he picked up an injury in their match against Gloucester.
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