Du Preez set for Japan move

Bulls scrum-half plans to leave at the end of new deal

Last Updated: 17/03/10 3:07pm

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Du Preez: Planning move to Japan

Du Preez: Planning move to Japan

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Fourie du Preez has agreed a 12-month extension to his contract with the Bulls - although he will leave for Japan after the World Cup.

The 27-year-old scrum-half, who has also extended his South Africa contract, first played with the Blue Bulls in 2001.

However he has made it clear that this will be his last deal at the Pretoria club.

"These were the best rugby years of my life and I could never have played for another union," he told the Bulls website.

"By revealing my plans for the future now, it will give the Bulls sufficient time to plan for the future and possible successors. There is already some excellent players like Francois Hougaard knocking on the door, so it is time to move on.

"After 11 years at the Bulls, I am affording myself the opportunity to change the scenery and to expose myself to a different culture. This contract will allow me that.

"I think I can learn a lot and broaden my horizons in the game at the same time, which will help should I opt for a career in coaching later on in my life."

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