Springbok coach Deon Davids highlights the areas where the du Preezs have improved

Springbok coach Deon Davids highlights the areas where the du Preezs have improved

Springbok assistant coach Deon Davids has says that Dan and Jean-Luc du Preez have made notable improvements on their games since making the move to Sale Sharks. 

Speaking to the media on Monday, the Bok assistant spoke highly of the pair who have helped Sale reach their first Premiership playoff in 15 years.

"I’ve worked with them at U20 level, they are quality rugby players, big and physical. They are also lineout forwards, ball-carriers, strong in contact and can both stop and give momentum." Davids said.

Davids explained that the twins had improved in the execution, bettered their versatility and lineout ability.

"With them playing Europe against quality opponents week in and week out, I think they have improved a lot in terms of upping their work rate, getting involved in battles, execution, versatility and how they are used in the lineouts."

Davids added that the pair playing in multiple positions for Sale has added to their games.

"They offer us different dimensions, and it’s fantastic to see them making that step up and playing to their ability, so we’re looking forward to having them join us."

Dan du Preez returns to the Springbok set up having earned four test caps, three of which coming under previous Springbok coach Alister Coetzee, while Jean-Luc will look to add to his 13 test caps having last played against England in 2018. 

Sale Sharks face Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park in the second Premiership semi-final on Saturday (Kick off at 4.30pm local and 5.30pm SA Time). 

The twins are set to link up with the Springboks squad along with the likes of Coenie Oosthuizen, Lood de Jager and Faf de Klerk.

The Springboks play their first game since the Rugby World Cup Final on 2 July when they host Georgia.  

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