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Waratahs sign Sarel Pretorius for 2012

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, RWC 2011, Springboks, Super Rugby on 1 Jul 2011 at 05:18
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SANZAR Communications report that the Waratahs have confirmed the signing of Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius for the Super Rugby 2012 season.

The franchise has announced that Pretorius has signed as the Waratahs’ senior foreign player and will be with the team for the next two years.

Pretorius has just completed his best season of professional Rugby as the top try scorer in the 2011 Super Rugby competition, equalling the Bulls’ Bjorn Basson on nine tries. He has also been one of the stand-out players in the Cheetahs team and is considered unlucky not to have been included in the Springboks’ preliminary squad for the Rugby World Cup later this year.

He will join the HSBC Waratahs squad following his 2011 Currie Cup campaign for Griquas, and is looking forward to heading to Sydney.

“This is an exciting opportunity which was just too good to refuse,” said Pretorius. “When you play Super Rugby you get to experience a lot of cities and my last two trips to Sydney have been really enjoyable.

“The HSBC Waratahs clearly have a culture of high performance and I’m looking forward to being a part of that. I had my best Super Rugby season so far this year, but I’d like to think that I am still improving as a rugby player, and I’m looking forward to developing my game further in Sydney.

“It’s going to be extremely exciting to be playing alongside players such as Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell and Adam Ashley-Cooper as well as all the other Wallabies in the squad.

“I know it’s a few months away yet, but I can’t wait to get to Sydney.”

A of the Central Region in the Under-18 Craven Week 2003, Pretorius went on to play for the Griffons (Northern Free State) at under-19 and under-20 level before becoming a member of the Free State under-21 squad in 2005.

Pretorius joined the Falcons (former Eastern Transvaal) in 2006 where he played Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup until midway through the 2007 campaign when he joined Griquas.

A strong season in 2008 earned Pretorius a call-up to the Emerging Springboks and he was drafted into Super 14 squad of the Cheetahs regional franchise. Pretorius made his Super Rugby debut against the Western Force in 2009.

He went on to play nine matches in his first season and earned selection in the Royal XV which played the British & Irish Lions in 2009.

Pretorius has played every match for the Cheetahs over the past two seasons, and throughout his provincial and Super Rugby career has an impressive strike rate of one try per every 2.4 matches.


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