FORMER provincial and national rugby players have come out in support of their sons participating in this week’s under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week being played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Robert du Preez snr, who played seven tests for the Springboks and has run out for the Sharks, said yesterday he was proud of his twin sons, Jean Luc and Daniel, representing KwaZulu-Natal.
“They have got the talent to go far, but these days it boils down to more than talent. The biggest thing is that they work hard and manage their bodies well,” Du Preez said. The twins’ older brother, Robert jnr, is a flyhalf who represented the Sharks at Craven Week last year and is now a member of the Sharks academy.
Another father backing his son is former Eastern Province centre Gary Loest, whose son, Gary jnr, is representing EP.
“Gary has always been sport-orientated. His mother played provincial netball and I played rugby, so sport runs in the family,” Loest said.
Gary, a Grey High School pupil who has signed a three-year contact with EP Rugby, said the competition had been “fantastic so far as we put in hard work and the two wins are testament to that”.