Du Preez set for Bulls comeback
February 16, 2011
Fourie du Preez will make his comeback for the Bulls on Saturday © Getty Images
Fourie du Preez will make his long-awaited comeback from shoulder surgery in the Bulls' Super Rugby opener against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The Springbok scrum-half has been out of action for eight months after opting to go under the knife to correct a long-standing problem prior to the Rugby World Cup, after which he will take up a contract in Japan.
He will make his 100th appearance for the franchise in the derby clash and will become the first back to reach the mark, with forwards Pedrie Wannenburg and Victor Matfield having previously passed the milestone.
"Super Rugby is the toughest in world rugby and to be able to play that long is a great feeling and a massive highlight for me," he said. "I was privileged to play with many great players in this time and also in a structure that allows one to really enjoy the game of rugby. I feel honoured to play 100 games for such a team."
Newly signed winger Bjorn Basson has also been named in the line-up by coach Frans Ludeke, having recently been cleared of any wrongdoing following a failed drugs test.
"We are ready for the competition phase and are determined to do well," Ludeke said. "We set high standards and will be looking to be successful again in the new format of Super Rugby. It will be tough, but we back our depth and systems."
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