Faf de Klerk won’t be returning home before the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, but another talented South African scrumhalf will be on display in the Republic this year as Sarel Pretorius has been cleared to ride with the Kings.
De Klerk scored 97 points in 25 appearances for Sales Sharks after joining the English premiership club for the 2017/18 season. That form was rewarded with a recall to the Test arena – where the combative halfback featured in an epic victory over the All Blacks in New Zealand – and later a nomination for World Player of the Year.
Sale announced that De Klerk’s contract has been extended until 2023.
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“It’s humbling to know a club wants to extend your contract, even though you still have more than a year left on your current one!” said De Klerk. “I would not have re-signed if I did not enjoy it here in the North West and really do believe in what we are trying to achieve here at Sale.”
Sarel Pretorius spent three seasons in Wales with the Newport-Gwent Dragons before joining the Southern Kings in July last year on a two-year deal. But the former Cheetahs scrum-feeder’s sniping runs were put on pause by a long-term foot injury suffered during training and he has only now been cleared to return to play.
The 34-year-old was included in a 25-man squad that has jetted north to face Edinburgh in a Pro14 match at Murrayfield on Saturday (kickoff 9.35pm, SA time).
Ironically, Pretorius is set to make his home debut for the Kings against the Cheetahs on 19 January when the Pro14’s two SA teams clash at Madibaz Stadium.
— Staff Writer