Carel du Preez

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Carel du Preez
Full name Hermanus Carel du Preez
Date of birth (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Hartswater, South Africa
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 12 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb; 238 lb)[1]
School Hoër Landbouskool Noord-Kaapland, Jan Kempdorp
University Stellenbosch Rugby Academy
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number eight, Flanker, Lock
Current team Free State XV
Youth Career
2013–2014 Western Province
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Durbanville-Bellville 5 (15)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2014 Western Province 10 (10)
Correct as of 30 March 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–present South Africa Sevens ()

Hermanus Carel du Preez (born (1993-04-30)30 April 1993 in Hartswater, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player for the Free State XV in the Rugby Challenge.[1] He can play as a number eight, a flanker or a lock.

Career

Youth and Amateur rugby

Du Preez enrolled at the Stellenbosch Rugby Academy, where he earned a spot in the Western Province Amateur side.[2]

In 2013, he represented his club side Durbanville-Bellville at the inaugural SARU Community Cup competition, helping them to win the Bowl Final, effectively finishing third. He scored three tries in the competition, including a brace in his side's 95–20 victory over Bloemfontein Police.[3]

At the end of 2013, he represented Western Province U21 in the 2013 Under-21 Provincial Championship. He made seven appearances and scored two tries as he helped the side clinch the title.

Western Province

He was included in the Western Province Vodacom Cup side for the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition.[4] He made his first class debut on 9 March 2013, playing off the bench in a 17–17 draw against neighbours Boland Cavaliers.[5] He was involved in the 2013 SARU Community Cup for the next few weeks, but returned to the side – and into the starting line-up for the first time – for their match against Argentinean side Pampas XV.[6]

After one more appearance in 2013, he returned to the side for the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition. He made seven appearances for the side and scored his first senior try against Kenyan side Simba XV just before half-time ... and his second try just after half-time.[7]

Sevens

Du Preez also played some sevens rugby; in 2012, he was part of a Samurai Sevens side that won the 2012 7s Premier League in George and he was also a member of the Western Province side that played at the 2013 World Club 7s in London, in the inaugural edition of the competition.[8]

He joined the South Africa Sevens Academy in 2014.[9] He received a call-up to the senior South Africa Sevens team for the first time prior to the 2015 Japan Sevens as an injury replacement for Philip Snyman.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "SA Rugby Player Profile – Carel du Preez". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ontvang opleiding aan 'n wêreldklas-rugbyakademie" (in Afrikaans). Die Burger. 5 August 2012. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Bloemfontein Police (Free State) 20-95 Durbanville-Bellville (WP)". South African Rugby Union. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – DHL Western Province : 2013 Vodacom Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Regent Boland Cavaliers 17-17 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – ICBC Pampas XV 17-28 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 65-29 Tusker Simba XV". South African Rugby Union. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Western Province name strong side for World Club 7s". World Club 7s. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "SARU names Blitzbokke hopefuls". Sport24. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Springbok Sevens call up for uncapped Du Preez". South African Rugby Union. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. [permanent dead link]
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