Bok captain speaks of physical battle ahead of quarterfinals

Fourie du Preez says he’s relishing the prospect of leading the Boks in tomorrow’s crunch game.

FILE: Fourie du Preez. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok captain Fourie du Preez has spoken of his personal fitness battle ahead of his team's quarterfinal World Cup game against Wales on Saturday.

Du Preez is the team's third captain following injuries to Jean de Villiers, who's been forced to retire, and Victor Matfield, who's been ruled out of this weekend's match.

He says he's relishing the prospect of leading the Boks in tomorrow's crunch game which kicks off at 5pm.

"I am very lucky to be here today. It's been quite a mental battle, a physical battle. So just being part of a team, I never thought I would ever captain the team. It's just the way things worked out. It's been quite a journey for myself, but I would like to contribute as much as possible."

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