Du Preez thrilled to lead SA at last

Date published: September 30 2015

New South Africa captain Fourie du Preez admitted he was delighted to get the chance to lead his country at the second time of asking.

Du Preez revealed he had been in contention to lead the Springboks after the 2011 Rugby World Cup when Heyneke Meyer was first appointed.

His move to Japan to play for Suntory Goliath after eight years with the Bulls, when he worked extensively Meyer, meant the timing wasn't right for Du Preez to take over.

Having only just returned to full fitness the 33-year-old said that to now be both back playing for his country and now with extra responsibility was "unbelievable."

“There was talk between me and the coach," Du Preez revealed.

"It was just the situation then that it couldn’t happen. But Jean (de Villiers) took it and he had four wonderful years so credit to him.

"But life is funny. A few weeks back I didn’t think I was going to be here and a few months back I didn’t think I was going to still play rugby.

"So to sit here as captain this weekend is unbelievable for me.”

Du Preez when discussing his captaincy style added that his actions were likely to speak louder than his words.

“I’m not going to be a big motivational speaker, but hopefully I can lead from the front.”