Glasgow Warriors sign giant lock JP du Preez

New recruit will join from Sale next summer subject to visa requirements

JP du Preez
JP du Preez looks on as his Sale team launch an attack against Edinburgh. Image: © Craig Watson.

GLASGOW have got their recruitment campaign for next season off to a flying start by signing South African second-row JP du Preez. The 6ft 10in lock will join the Warriors from Sale Sharks in the summer subject to visa clearance.

Du Preez has only been with Sale for just over a year, having joined the English Premiership club from the Cheetahs, who used to compete in what was then the PRO14.

“I’m really excited to be joining Glasgow Warriors,” Du Preez said in a press release from the Warriors. “Glasgow play a style of rugby that I like to play – running rugby with a hard and physical edge.

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“I like to think I’ll complement their style of play and I believe I bring strong lineout presence and a physicality in both attack and defence. I’ve played against Warriors in the past and they’re a very tough side to compete against, especially in Glasgow in front of their home fans. I can’t wait to be a part of the team.”

Head coach Danny Wilson believes the new recruit will bring a tough competitive edge to the squad.  “We’ve been impressed with JP’s recent performances for Sale Sharks,” he said.

“At 6ft 10in and 122kg, he’s the type of physical player we wanted to add to our squad. He brings with him a wealth of experience having played in the PRO14, Premiership and Super Rugby and we look forward to welcoming him to the club next season.”

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  1. Where are all the guys coming through from Super 6 – not another failure reported as a success?

  2. You appear to put the bar conspicuously high in terms of player assessment. If only, equally in the quality of your posts……

  3. Gray and Harley in their Golden years. Bean is aggressive but not a lineout man. McDonald is coming back from injury. Bain isn’t being given his chance although he is believed to be excellent in lineout and defence. I would like to see him and Cummings. Wilson appears to be scared to vary from who were once good.

    • Far better than Gray, Harley, Bean or Kiran MacDonald. For whatever reason Bain doesn’t seem to be rated, and there ain’t anyone else pushing the current crop. Cummings and Du Preez would be a formidable pairing.

      Main reason Sale let him go was because he is not English qualified, so they were forced sellers.

      Exactly the sort of high quality non-Scots signing Glasgow need.

      Also – whether you like it or not – option of him qualifying for Scotland on residency grounds.

      • Not sure we would need a 32 year old residency player, surely one of Craig, Davidson, Henderson, Hobson, etc would be well established by that point. N before ya all kick off no I’m not one of those Scottish only types

      • “option of him qualifying for Scotland on residency grounds.”
        Is the new residency rule 5 years?
        He’s already 27…

      • I’ll be delighted of he is better than McDonald, who when injury free has been a top performer, almost the only one for large parts of last season. He’s been a late developer and a very solid player

    • tell us what you have that opinion. While I haven’t seen anything of him to suggest he is top notch “rubbish” is a bit OTT.

      Anyway, we’ll see what he does at Glasgow. Perhaps he didn’t fit into the “culture” Diamond left at Sale, maybe wanted to challenge himself somewhere which felt less like South Africa


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