Hall of Fame Inductee - Frederick du Preez

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    Full Name: Frederick Christoffel Hendrik du Preez
    D.O.B: 28 Nov, 1935
    Position: Lock and Flanker
    Country: South Africa

    [​IMG]Frik Du Preez was born in the town of Rustenburg, South Africa and went to school at the Parys High School in Parys (Orange Free State). Du Preez mostly played in the flank or lock positions.

    Du Preez played his first test for the Boks on 7 January 1961 at the age of 25 in the flank position against England at Twickenham, London. He played his last test on 7 August 1971 at the age of 35 as lock against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.

    Frik du Preez was named South Africa’s rugby player of the twentieth century by the country’s passionate fans of the game. Given that he retired from rugby in 1971, it was a significant expression of the esteem he c[​IMG]ontinues to be held in.

    Du Preez had excellent all-round skills, in fact remarkable skills for a big man. Although he was not particularly tall, he was a tower of strength in the lineout. In addition he had a fantastic turn of speed and fine running skills with ball in hand, as he showed in the try he scored against the British Lions in 1968.

    Du Preez’s skills extended to kicking – punt, drop or place kick, Frik could do it.

    He played in the green and gold for over 10 years, making his debut in January 1961 against England and playing his last match for the ‘Boks in August 1971 against Australia. In total he played in 87 games for South Africa, and coincidentally scored 87 points.

    Original nomination by Juggernaut

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