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Big step up for Dan?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Jan 2015 at 10:30
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While the Sharks squad for Super Rugby has started to settle down pretty much as expected, with the young players brought in to “fill gaps” in November and December sent back down to the Grey Squad to prepare for Vodacom Cup action, one under 20 star appears to still be very much in the picture.

Based on snippets of info, it appears that young Daniel du Preez remains with the senior squad at present, slotting in quite comfortably in the number 8 jersey in one of the two shadow sides. An ongoing hamstring niggle is keeping Willem Alberts out of action and with Ryan Kankowski still nowhere to be found, former Kearsney pupil du Preez joins Tera Mtembu as the eighthmen in the current group.

It’s perhaps a bit of a stretch to suggest that Dan will form part of the final squad, once Alberts and Kankowski return, but the experience he’s picking up now – not to mention the time spent working directly with Brendan Venter and the others – must surely stand him in good stead for the season to come. Injury is bound to strike at some stage and given just how long the Super Rugby season is, I certainly wouldn’t bet against the youngster picking up a Super Rugby cap or two before the campaign is over.


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