Bulls No 9 Ivan van Zyl on Fourie du Preez: The stuff we learn can only come from him

  • Ivan van Zyl has hailed the influence of legendary Bok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez already, who’s been tasked with mentoring the Bulls scrumhalves.
  • The 25-year-old halfback, a six-cap Springbok, believes Du Preez’s distinctive insights on the sport is unlocking the potential of he and team-mate Embrose Papier.
  • Van Zyl and Papier have been rotated within the Bulls’ No 9 jersey since final 12 months however solely now does it appear as if the 2 are embracing the dynamic.

It is admittedly solely been two weekly classes up to now however Fourie du Preez has already earned a rave assessment from Bulls halfback Ivan van Zyl.

The peerless former Springbok and Bulls scrumhalf was not too long ago recruited as a marketing consultant by Jake White, the franchise’s director of rugby, with the particular temporary of spending time along with his two proficient No 9s.

Van Zyl and Embrose Papier have been concerned in a longstanding rotation system since each turning into Springboks on the finish of 2018 although that dynamic hasn’t been variety to the 2 gamers, who each admitted beforehand that they suffered a knock to their confidence.

But, judging by a promising begin to Tremendous Rugby Unlocked by the duo, clear communication and Du Preez’s immense know-how has seen them flip over a brand new web page.

“Having Fourie right here as soon as per week is unimaginable,” Van Zyl stated on Monday.

“His presence is priceless. His expertise and the best way he views the sport is one thing you aren’t getting uncovered to quite a bit in your profession. We have been studying quite a bit.”

Tellingly, Du Preez hasn’t been enlisted to basically change the best way Van Zyl and Papier, who’re thought-about opposites when it comes to fashion of play, conduct issues from the bottom of the ruck.

Somewhat, the 76-cap worldwide – who received a World Cup below White in addition to two Tri-Nations titles – is utilizing his distinctive technical insights to subtly unlock the skills of his two college students.

“It is all concerning the smaller particulars with him, the best way you method your sport and the way you carry your forwards into the sport for instance,” stated Van Zyl.

“I am fairly certain a few of the stuff we have learnt from him are issues that solely Fourie can train you. Whenever you play at this degree, it is the finer issues that make a distinction. We’re very lucky to have him working with us.”

Whereas Du Preez’s affect is steadily having an impact on revitalising the duo, Van Zyl additionally admitted that he and Papier have made a mind-shift on the subject of their competitors.

“We have had this dialog fairly just a few occasions earlier than. Embrose and I get alongside rather well with one another, as team-mates and pals,” he stated.

“However I do suppose to some extent we have made a mind-shift. The factor that the 2 of us maintaining in thoughts on a regular basis is that the staff is all that issues to us.

“That is actually a message that coach Jake has rammed residence for us. Every little thing the 2 of us do is for the advantage of the staff. Whether or not him or I begin, it is about offering what we particularly want on the sphere throughout a particular sport. Extra importantly, coach Jake is behind us all the best way. 

“We all know what we’re good at and we all know what we have to nonetheless work on. However we have now the boldness to know that we’re being backed.”   

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