According to a report in Rapport over the weekend, South African twins Daniel and Jean-Luc du Preez could be set to join older brother Robert on short-term stints in the Gallagher Premiership.
Robert, a fly-half, joined Sale Sharks at the end of October on a three-month contract, to help them cover for the injuries to AJ MacGinty and Cameron Redpath.
The 23-year-old twins, who both play in the back row, look set now to depart Durban on similar short-term deals, with Jean-Luc reportedly heading to join Robert in the north-west at Sale, whilst Dan will take up a contract at Exeter Chiefs.
Products of Kearsney College. both players graduated from the South Africa U20 side in 2015 and have since set about making themselves mainstays in the Sharks team, racking up 75 Super Rugby appearances between them. Their physical playing styles have helped put the Sharks back on an upward trajectory in the competition and both have been rewarded with Springbok debuts.
Jean-Luc made his bow against Wales two years ago and has since gone on to add 12 more caps to his name, whilst Dan debuted a year later against France and currently has four caps for South Africa. With both players not included in the Springbok squad for the current European tour, the opportunity to experience a new rugby culture and earn some extra money in the Super Rugby offseason was clearly too good to pass up.
If Sale complete the signing of Jean-Luc, he will join up with fellow South Africans Josh Strauss and Jono Ross in their back row, helping make up for the injury to England flanker Tom Curry.
As for Exeter, they lost Sam Simmonds to a long-term injury earlier this season and the arrival of Dan would add to their loose forward options, which also include Matt Kvesic, Don Armand and Dave Ewers.
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