Du Preez's dream to play World Cup
Recalled Fourie du Preez says his dream is to now play at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
JOHANNESBURG - Recalled Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez has told Eyewitness News (EWN) Sport his dream is to now play at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
Speaking to EWN the 31 year old who plays for Japanese club Suntory and who retired after the 2011 World Cup was sensationally named in Bok coach Heyneke Meyer's squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship.
Meyer has struck a deal with his club in which he'll only be available for the Springboks' home Tests in the Championship.
A delighted Du Preez says that he believes he still has a couple of years left in him at this level and has his sights sets on a third World Cup appearance.
"If everything goes well that would be the dream. It's in the back of my mind, but at the moment I would just like to take it week by week and hope that it goes well during the home games."
Du Preez linked up with the Boks on Monday following pre-season training. He doesn't think that he will be ready to play 80 minutes against Argentina this weekend.
"I have been out of international rugby for eighteen months. For the last five months I have only played about 100 minutes of rugby. I am in pretty good condition, but I will be lying if I tell you that I am ready for 80 minutes of test match rugby."
Du Preez told us that it wasn't a straight forward decision to return.
"It was a tough decision to make. I think players who get to the end of their careers always battle to decide when enough is enough. During the last few months when I had a break I just realised I still have a desire to play at a higher level."
Du Preez says that his club mate George Smith, who excelled on his return to rugby in Australia, convinced him to make his return.
"He (Smith) told me a few times to try and play as much rugby as possible while I still can. I maybe have two or three years of rugby left in me and I realised that if I am still good enough and can prove that I am the best then why not".
Du Preez says that he's excited to get back in the fold and believes he still has plenty to offer.
"I am obviously very delighted. When I decided to go to Japan I thought 2011 would be that so I am very grateful to be back."
Du Preez says that he's unlikely to be fit enough to play 80 minutes against Argentina.
"It is still premature. I know Heyneke spoke about the long term, but for me it's only about now. I am still contracted until March 2015 in Japan."
Du Preez says he'll consider a return to South Africa if things go well.
"I am only looking at it for this year and if I do well I will hopefully continue for a while. If I realise I am not up for it and not good enough anymore then I will never overstay my welcome in a Springbok team."