Fred Zeilinga and Tim Swiel ahead of him in the queue at Kings Park
Sharks and Junior Springbok flyhalf Robert du Preez has signed a contract with Western Province, which will see him play his rugby in Cape Town until 2016 at least.
Du Preez had been on loan from the Sharks to the University of Stellenbosch for the duration of the 2014 Varsity Cup, but the tournament's leading points-scorer has now chosen to remain in the Cape with immediate effect, with Fred Zeilinga and Tim Swiel ahead of him in the queue at Kings Park.
The son of former Springbok, Sharks and Blue Bulls scrumhalf Robert du Preez, who now coaches NWU-Pukke, Robert Junior has carved out his own reputation as a quality rugby player, having represented KZN and Natal at Under-16 and U18 level.
He represented his country in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championships in France and this year his inspirational performances for the Maties in the Varsity Cup saw the strapping flyhalf nominated as one of the three finalists for the prestigious 2014 Player of the Tournament Award.
The former Kearsney College scholar is clearly one of the country's most outstanding flyhalf talents and he will provide much-needed depth at U21 level for Western Province this year, with Ryno Eksteen out of action for some time with an injury.
Du Preez, who turns 21 on July 30 of this year, stands 1,92 metres tall and weighs 95 kilograms.