Springbok skipper hails Du Preez return
Scrumhalf, Fourie Du Preez last played for the Springboks in 2011.
CAPE TOWN - Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has hailed the return to the national fold of scrumhalf, Fourie du Preez.
The 2007 World Cup-winner last played for the Springboks in 2011.
Coach, Heyneke Meyer tried to lure him out of international retirement when he took the job last year but it wasn't possible due to his club commitments in Japan.
Du Preez is currently on a pre-season camp with Suntory in Japan but arrives in South Africa on Friday.
De Villiers says that you cannot pass up the opportunity to pick a player of du Preez's quality.
"I haven't spoken to him since the announcement, but I did spend some time with him before the Scotland test … you know, he's a good friend of mine and it's good to have him involved again. He's a quality player, you know a world class player and whenever you can select a world class player, you do that."
De Villiers has also welcomed the opportunity to work with new breakdown consultant, Richie Gray.
The Scot will be part of the coaching staff for 2013, with the breakdown being an area that the coach has in the past highlighted as a problem within South African rugby in general.
He's designed an award-winning piece of equipment called the 'Collision King'.
De Villiers says they're looking forward to improving.
"You get on average a hundred and forty rucks a game. If you can be effective with the majority of those then hopefully you can create quick ball and hopefully you can create try-scoring opportunities. So, it's just again working on those small details that can make a big difference and hopefully he can assist with that."