Sale Sharks have agreed a deal which will see Jean-Luc du Preez return to the club on loan during the 2019-20 season.
The Springboks international enjoyed an impressive spell at the AJ Bell Stadium earlier this season when he was signed as cover for England’s incumbent openside flanker Tom Curry.
And with Curry set to head to the World Cup this autumn, boss Steve Diamond has returned to the Cell-C Sharks to acquire the services of du Preez and his twin brother Dan on loan deals.
Back-rowers Jean-Luc and Dan will head back to Durban from Manchester early next year for the start of the 2020 Super Rugby season.
The agreement will bring the number of Du Preez at Sale to three after the club wrapped up a permanent move for fly-half Rob du Preez in February, who will join on a three-year contract.
Glad to have his plans for the Premiership club in place, following the announcement tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen had also said, Steve Diamond praised the abilities of the sizeable back-rowers.
“I am delighted to secure the services of both Jean-Luc and Daniel ahead of the 19/20 Gallagher Premiership, Both lads are huge men with a commanding physical presence and to be able to add two world class internationals to our forward pack for next year is a huge boost for the club. I look forward to welcoming both twins to Carrington later in the year.”
Jean-Luc and Daniel admitted they couldn’t wait to return to the UK along with brother Rob, he said:
“I’m really excited and honoured to announce that I will be joining Sale Sharks again. I really enjoyed my short stint with the club late last year, so much so that I have decided to sign another short-term contract in the UK. The club has set really high standards and the squad that has been built is really exciting and signals the clubs intent within the Gallagher Premiership.
“In the meantime, I am fully committed to the Cell-C Sharks and want to finish the season on a high before I head over to the UK for the winter.”
Twin Brother Dan added: “I’ve heard some really good things about the club from Rob and Jean-Luc and can’t wait to link up with Sale in the winter and play some rugby in the Gallagher Premiership with my brothers. I’m excited about the new challenge ahead in Manchester and can’t wait to test myself in one of the toughest leagues in the world.”