Just days after scoring a penalty and two conversions to help the Sharks beat Western Province 17-12 in the Currie Cup final, Robert Du Preez has sealed a move to the Gallagher Premiership.

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The 25-year-old 6ft 4” South African was capped by the Springboks in 2017 and has represented the Sharks both in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup in 2018.

Now Sale Sharks have snapped him up as injury cover for AJ MacGinty.

The flyhalf originally injured his shoulder while playing for the USA Eagles during the summer, and it had been hoped that he could avoid going under the knife. An operation in mid-October ruled him out for 12 weeks.

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Du Preez has signed a 3-month contract and will arrive in the UK this week to prepare with the squad for the upcoming block of Gallagher Premiership games. Sale have two more Premiership Rugby Cup games, against Saracens and Leicester Tigers, before a return to Premiership action against Saracens on November 17th, where Du Preez is likely to make his debut.

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Sale Sharks’ Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said, “Rob comes with an outstanding CV and will be a fantastic injury replacement for AJ MacGinty. He arrives at the end of this week for three months.

I have been very impressed with Kieran Wilkinson who has done a great job stepping in at ten, but with some important games coming up, Rob will bring more experience to our squad.

“We look forward to welcoming him to the North West of England.”

He won’t be the only South African in the backline, with Faf de Klerk at scrum half and centre Rohan Janse Van Rensburg already at the club.

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