Du Preez twins follow their brother to England
TRANSFER NEWS: Sale Sharks have confirmed the signings of two more Springboks on Tuesday.
The 23-year old Du Preez twins have signed loan deals this season and will follow their brother Robert to Manchester for the start of the 2019/20 Premiership, before returning to South Africa to play for the Sharks in the 2020 Super Rugby Tournament.
Sale Sharks supporters will be familiar with Jean-Luc after an impressive spell with the club earlier this season. The loose forward joined Sale in November as cover for Tom Curry who was injured during the November internationals. Jean-Luc made an instant impact in Manchester adding his huge physicality to the Sharks pack, making six appearances in total for the club scoring one try before returning to Durban in January.
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Both twins made their first-team debuts for the Sharks in 2015 and have since gone on to make over sixty appearances each for the Durban based franchise.
The powerful loose forwards have both also represented the Springboks at senior level and offer an immense physical presence on the international stage too. Jean-Luc has been capped thirteen times by his country whilst Daniel has made four appearances to date.
Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond was especially pleased to secure the services of both twins for the 2019/20 season and believes they will have an instant impact within the Premiership.
“I am delighted to secure the services of both Jean-Luc and Daniel ahead of the 19/20 Premiership, Both lads are huge men with a commanding physical presence and to be able to add two world-class internationals to our forward pack for next year is a huge boost for the club. I look forward to welcoming both twins to Carrington later in the year,” said Diamond.
Jean-Luc admitted that he couldn’t wait to return to the UK along with brother Rob, he added:
“I’m really excited and honoured to announce that I will be joining Sale Sharks again. I really enjoyed my short stint with the club late last year, so much so that I have decided to sign another short-term contract in the UK. The club has set really high standards and the squad that has been built is really exciting and signals the clubs intent within the Premiership. In the meantime, I am fully committed to the Sharks and want to finish the season on a high before I head over to the UK for the winter.”
Twin Brother Dan added: “I’ve heard some really good things about the club from Rob and Jean-Luc and can’t wait to link up with Sale in the winter and play some rugby in the Premiership with my brothers. I’m excited about the new challenge ahead in Manchester and can’t wait to test myself in one of the toughest leagues in the world.”