Heaven knows how much we despised this player, but we have to say that he was a dominant force and was at the helm of some of the biggest Blitzbok victories.
South Africa’s most-capped Springbok Sevens player, Branco du Preez, has retired from international sevens rugby and will leave the Blitzboks with a bouquet of career records, gold medals and highlights.
Du Preez made the decision after the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, where he represented South Africa in his 85th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, a record for the Springbok Sevens which places him eighth overall in the history of the World Series.
He played in 431 matches and scored 1447 points, including 101 tries that saw him clinch 24 tournament wins and three World Series gold medals, and a Commonwealth Games gold medal in his bag.
The 32-year-old made his debut in Wellington in 2010 and has been a Blitzbok stalwart ever since.
Du Preez says
the time has come to turn a new page and say goodbye to the Blitzboks team and says he is sad to leave but excited about what is to come.
Regardless of the rivalry, Du Preez will forever be one of the best to ever play the sport of rugby sevens. Moce Branco