Du Preez loving South Africa captaincy

Date published: October 6 2015

Fourie du Preez has admitted that he is enjoying his new role as captain of South Africa after last weekend's win over Scotland.

The veteran scrum-half will take charge once again on Wednesday when the Springboks face the USA in London.

Du Preez's return to the starting XV and South Africa playing their best rugby at the World Cup, with wins over Samoa and Scotland, is no coincidence.

The 33-year-old might not enjoy making his voice heard off the field, but has no problem leading by example out on the pitch.

"It’s a week and a half, and so far I’ve quite enjoyed it," Du Preez revealed.

"I don’t enjoy media conferences, I don’t enjoy big speeches, but when I get on the field I love it.

"I think it’s just having an influence on the guys around you. Not having to say too much.

"I’ve got great guys around me, guys like Schalk Burger. It is just an absolute pleasure working with those guys. But like I said it’s only been one game." 

Du Preez's opposite man on Wednesday will be Pretoria-born scrum-half Niki Kruger, and the veteran admits it will be an interesting experience playing against the young USA number nine.

"I know he was born in Pretoria and his dad is a famous actor," Du Preez added.

"It’s the first time; I’m looking forward to playing against him tomorrow. It’ll be nice to speak a little bit of Afrikaans with him."