Wian du Preez (born 30 October 1982) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing in France for Lyon. He plays as a prop, primarily at loosehead.

Wian du Preez
Full nameWian Hunter du Preez
Date of birth (1982-10-30) 30 October 1982 (age 37)
Place of birthBloemfontein, South Africa
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight113 kg (17 st 11 lb; 249 lb)
SchoolGrey College, Bloemfontein
UniversityUniversity of the Free State
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loosehead Prop
Current team Lyon
Youth career
2002 Free State Cheetahs
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003–2010 Free State Cheetahs 74 (30)
2005 Sharks 1 (0)
2006–2010 Cheetahs 59 (0)
2009–2010 Munster (loan) 6 (0)
2010–2013 Munster 81 (5)
2013 Free State Cheetahs 5 (0)
2014–16 Lyon 49 (15)
Correct as of 5 June 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009 Emerging Springboks 1 (0)
2009 South Africa 1 (0)
Correct as of 23 July 2013

Du Preez, a native of Free State, played for the Cheetahs from 2007 until 2010. After completing a loan-spell at Munster, he returned to the Cheetahs to play out the 2010 Super 14

Club careerEdit

Du Preez first played for Munster in late 2009, after he was signed on a three-month loan as injury cover for Marcus Horan.[1] He impressed during his short time there and, in May 2010, it was announced that Du Preez was returning to Munster after signing a two-year permanent contract.[2] He has since become an integral member of the Munster team.

He scored his first try for Munster in their Heineken Cup Round 5 clash with Castres Olympique on 14 January 2012.

Du Preez signed a contract extension with Munster in February 2012.[3]

It was announced on 14 May 2013 that du Preez would be leaving Munster to return to South Africa.[4]

On 13 October 2013, Preez moved to France to sign for Lyon ahead of the 2014–15 Top 14 season.[5]

Du Preez won multiple Currie Cups (2005-07) with the Free State Cheetahs and the Pro 12 with Munster in 2011.

International careerEdit

Du Preez was called into the South Africa squad for their Test against Italy in November 2009, due to his proximity to the fixture. He was said to be disillusioned by the lack of opportunities to play for the Springboks[6] and with CJ van der Linde returning from Leinster to claim a place in the Springbok squad, Du Preez decided to put his international career on hold until after the next Rugby World Cup.


  1. ^ Ray, Craig (2009-11-10). "Du Preez to help out Munster". rugbyworld.com. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  2. ^ "Du Preez Returning To Munster". munsterrugby.ie. 25 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Contract News". munsterrugby.ie. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Injury Forces Howlett To Retire". munsterrugby.ie. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Lyon sign form Springboks prop Wiaan du Preez". LOU Rugby.fr. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Du Preez signs two-year deal with Munster". The Irish Times. 5 May 2010.

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