Du Preez had been on loan from the Sharks to the University of Stellenbosch for the duration of the 2014 Varsity Cup, but the tournament’s leading points-scorer has now chosen to remain in the Cape with immediate effect.
The son of former Springbok, Sharks and Blue Bulls scrumhalf Robert du Preez, who now coaches NWU-Pukke, Robert Jnr has carved out his own reputation as a quality rugby player, having represented KwaZulu-Natal at Under-16 and Under-18 level.
Robert du Preez Jr represented his country with distinction in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championships in France and this year his inspirational performances for the Maties in the Varsity Cup saw the strapping flyhalf nominated as one of the three finalists for the prestigious 2014 Player of the Tournament Award.
The former Kearsney College scholar is clearly one of the country’s most outstanding flyhalf talents and he will provide much-needed depth at Under-21 level for Western Province this year, with Ryno Eksteen out of action for some time with an injury.
Du Preez, who turns 21 on July 30 of this year, stands 1,92m tall and weighs 95kg.