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South African international hooker signs for Gloucester

25 February 2004

South African international hooker Delarey Du Preez has arrived at Kingsholm and is looking forward to the next few months.

Commenting on  28 year-old Du Preez said: "I've come to Gloucester Rugby Club to play rugby, and from what I know and from what I've been told about this club, it is all about passion, and I can't wait to get involved."

The physical front row man was part of last year's Cats Super 12 set-up and played in the 2002 Tri-Nations for the Springboks.

The Springbok hooker, who also toured Argentina and the UK with his national side in 2000, arrived this week after finalising paperwork in South Africa.

"I've come here on short-term contract, and it's down to me to impress and then talk about the longer term.

"Just like Riaan van der Bergh, I've been following the Heineken Cup on television in South Africa and along with the Zurich Premiership, they are quality tournaments. Both are different to the Super 12, but they require such a physical element to a player's game, which is what I love.

"There are some massive weeks of the season coming up after the current break, with Premiership games, as well as the Heineken Cup quarter-final, which is awesome.

"I've spoken to people about this club and city, and from what I knew and from what I've learned, Gloucester is all about passion and rugby, which is what the game is all about. That is what is so good about coming here."

Du Preez will have to wait until Friday 26 March for the team's next Premiership action, away at Sale Sharks. But there are two second team games in the Zurich 'A' League before, that could offer the Springbok his first Cherry and Whites game time.

"I'm looking forward to getting involved and playing for Gloucester, whether it be for the second team or in the Premiership. That's what I'm here to do."


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