Fourie du Preez
Full names: Petrus Fourie
Date of birth: 24 Mar 1982
Place of birth: Pretoria
School: Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool
Springbok no: 757
Debut test province: Blue Bulls
Physical: 1.82m, 87kg
Current age: 36

Test summary: Tests: 76 Tries: 16
First Test: 12 Jun 2004 Age:22 Scrumhalf against Ireland at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Last Test: 24 Oct 2015 Age:33 Scrumhalf against New Zealand at Twickenham, London
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
12 Jun 200422ScrumhalfIrelandWin: 31-17 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBlue Bulls
19 Jun 200422ScrumhalfIrelandWin: 26-17 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
26 Jun 200422ScrumhalfWalesWin: 53-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
17 Jul 200422ReservePacific IslandsWin: 38-24 Central Coast Stadium, GosfordBlue Bulls
24 Jul 200422ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 21-231 tryAMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchBlue Bulls
31 Jul 200422ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 26-30 Subiaco Oval, PerthBlue Bulls
14 Aug 200422ReserveNew ZealandWin: 40-26 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
21 Aug 200422ReserveAustraliaWin: 23-19 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
06 Nov 200422ScrumhalfWalesWin: 38-36 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBlue Bulls
13 Nov 200422ScrumhalfIrelandLose: 12-17 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinBlue Bulls
20 Nov 200422ScrumhalfEnglandLose: 16-32 Twickenham, LondonBlue Bulls
27 Nov 200422ScrumhalfScotlandWin: 45-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghBlue Bulls
04 Dec 200422ScrumhalfArgentinaWin: 39-71 tryVelez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos AiresBlue Bulls
11 Jun 200523ReserveUruguayWin: 134-3 Basil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonBlue Bulls
18 Jun 200523ScrumhalfFranceDraw: 30-30 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
25 Jun 200523ReserveFranceWin: 27-13 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethBlue Bulls
09 Jul 200523ReserveAustraliaLose: 12-30 Stadium Australia (Telstra), SydneyBlue Bulls
23 Jul 200523ReserveAustraliaWin: 33-20 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
30 Jul 200523ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 22-16 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
06 Aug 200523ReserveNew ZealandWin: 22-16 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
20 Aug 200523ReserveAustraliaWin: 22-19 Subiaco Oval, PerthBlue Bulls
10 Jun 200624ScrumhalfScotlandWin: 36-16 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
17 Jun 200624ScrumhalfScotlandWin: 29-151 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethBlue Bulls
24 Jun 200624ScrumhalfFranceLose: 26-36 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
15 Jul 200624ReserveAustraliaLose: 0-49 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBlue Bulls
22 Jul 200624ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 17-351 tryWestPac Stadium, WellingtonBlue Bulls
05 Aug 200624ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 18-20 Stadium Australia (Telstra), SydneyBlue Bulls
26 Aug 200624ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 26-451 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
02 Sep 200624ScrumhalfNew ZealandWin: 21-20 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, RustenburgBlue Bulls
09 Sep 200624ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 24-161 tryEllispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
15 Aug 200725ScrumhalfNamibiaWin: 105-13 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
25 Aug 200725ScrumhalfScotlandWin: 27-31 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghBlue Bulls
09 Sep 200725ScrumhalfSamoaWin: 59-7 Parc des Princes, ParisBlue Bulls
14 Sep 200725ScrumhalfEnglandWin: 36-0 Stade de France, ParisBlue Bulls
30 Sep 200725ScrumhalfUSAWin: 64-151 tryStade de la Mosson, MontpellierBlue Bulls
07 Oct 200725ScrumhalfFijiWin: 37-20 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesBlue Bulls
14 Oct 200725ScrumhalfArgentinaWin: 37-131 tryStade de France, ParisBlue Bulls
20 Oct 200725ScrumhalfEnglandWin: 15-6 Stade de France, ParisBlue Bulls
09 Aug 200826ReserveArgentinaWin: 63-91 tryEllispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
16 Aug 200826ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 0-19 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
23 Aug 200826ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 15-27 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
30 Aug 200826ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 53-8 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
08 Nov 200826ScrumhalfWalesWin: 20-15 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBlue Bulls
20 Jun 200927ScrumhalfBritainWin: 26-21 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
27 Jun 200927ScrumhalfBritainWin: 28-25 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
04 Jul 200927ScrumhalfBritainLose: 9-28 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
25 Jul 200927ScrumhalfNew ZealandWin: 28-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBlue Bulls
01 Aug 200927ScrumhalfNew ZealandWin: 31-19 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
08 Aug 200927ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 29-17 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
29 Aug 200927ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 32-251 trySubiaco Oval, PerthBlue Bulls
05 Sep 200927ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 6-21 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBlue Bulls
12 Sep 200927ScrumhalfNew ZealandWin: 32-291 tryWaikato Stadium, HamiltonBlue Bulls
13 Nov 200927ScrumhalfFranceLose: 13-20 Stade Municipal, ToulouseBlue Bulls
21 Nov 200927ScrumhalfItalyWin: 32-101 tryStadio Friuli, UdineBlue Bulls
28 Nov 200927ScrumhalfIrelandLose: 10-15 Croke Park, DublinBlue Bulls
13 Aug 201129ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 9-14 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
20 Aug 201129ScrumhalfNew ZealandWin: 18-5 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethBlue Bulls
11 Sep 201129ScrumhalfWalesWin: 17-16 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBlue Bulls
17 Sep 201129ScrumhalfFijiWin: 49-3 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBlue Bulls
22 Sep 201129ReserveNamibiaWin: 87-0 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore CityBlue Bulls
30 Sep 201129ScrumhalfSamoaWin: 13-5 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore CityBlue Bulls
09 Oct 201129ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 9-11 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBlue Bulls
17 Aug 201331ReserveArgentinaWin: 73-131 tryNational Stadium, JohannesburgSuntory
28 Sep 201331ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 28-8 Newlands, Cape TownSuntory
05 Oct 201331ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 27-38 Ellispark, JohannesburgSuntory
09 Nov 201331ScrumhalfWalesWin: 24-151 tryMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSuntory
17 Nov 201331ScrumhalfScotlandWin: 28-0 Murrayfield, EdinburghSuntory
14 Jun 201432ScrumhalfWalesWin: 38-16 Kingspark, DurbanSuntory
21 Jun 201432ScrumhalfWalesWin: 31-30 Mbombela Stadium, NelspruitSuntory
28 Jun 201432ScrumhalfScotlandWin: 55-6 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethSuntory
19 Sep 201533ReserveJapanLose: 32-34 Brighton Community Stadium, BrightonSuntory
26 Sep 201533ScrumhalfSamoaWin: 46-6 Villa Park, BirminghamSuntory
03 Oct 201533Scrumhalf (C)ScotlandWin: 34-16 St James Park, NewcastleSuntory
07 Oct 201533Scrumhalf (C)USAWin: 64-0 Olympic Stadium, LondonSuntory
17 Oct 201533Scrumhalf (C)WalesWin: 23-191 tryTwickenham, LondonSuntory
24 Oct 201533Scrumhalf (C)New ZealandLose: 18-20 Twickenham, LondonSuntory

Top 50 Boks: 4 – Fourie du Preez : SARugby.com

Fourie du Preez is widely regarded as the best scrumhalf in the world and one of the best players currently in world rugby. As the understudy of legendary Springbok and Bulls No 9 Joost van der Westhuizen, Du Preez was groomed for greatness from a very early age.

He made his provincial debut for the Blue Bulls as a teenager and made his Springbok bow three years later against Ireland in Bloemfontein on June 12, 2004. He scored his first Test try in his fifth international in the Tri-Nations clash against New Zealand in Christchurch.

He featured in all of South Africa’s matches in their unbeaten campaign as they claimed their second Tri-Nations title. Two years into his international career he was named SA Player of the Year in 2006 and was nominated for IRB Player of the Year as well – missing out to All Black captain Richie McCaw.

Du Preez was one of the stars of the 2007 World Cup and played a significant role in the Springboks’ victorious campaign. While he was consistently impressive throughout the competition, it’s his faultless performance against England in the 36-0 pasting in the pool stages that many consider to be one of the most complete scrumhalf performances ever.

Two year later, Du Preez marshalled South Africa to a 2-1 series win over the British & Irish Lions as well as to a third Tri-Nations title. His sensational ability to dictate matters saw him voted SA Player of the Year for a second time as well as another nomination for IRB Player of the Year, which again went to Richie McCaw.

In his age group and provincial careers, he has won the IRB U21 World Cup, three Currie Cup titles and two Super 14 titles.

Records/Honours:

  • SA Young Player of the Year nominee, 2003 & 2004
  • Currie Cup winner with the Blue Bulls, 2003, 2004 & 2009
  • Tri-Nations winner, 2004 & 2009
  • SA Player of the Year, 2006
  • IRB Player of the Year nominee, 2006 & 2009
  • Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Tournament, 2007
  • Super 14 winner with the Blue Bulls, 2007 & 2009
  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 2007
  • SA Player of the Year nominee, 2007
  • British & Irish Lions series winner, 2009
  • SA Player of the Year, 2009