DU PREEZ TWINS JOIN OLDER BROTHER AT SALE South African twins Dan and Jean-Luc du Preez will join older brother Rob at Sale Sharks next season after agreeing a loan deal with the Gallagher Premiership club. The 23-year-olds will return to South Africa to play in Super Rugby for Natal Sharks in 2020. Back row Jean-Luc made six appearances earlier this season for Sale during a previous loan spell until January. Fellow back row Dan has played four times for his country, the last against England in Cape Town last June. “Both lads are huge men with a commanding physical presence,” said Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond.
PRIESTLAND ENSURES BATH’S PLACE IN CHAMPIONS CUP Rhys Priestland’s last-gasp conversion ensured Bath of not only victory at Leicester Tigers, but also the final European Chmapions Cup place. Jacques van Rooyen’s close-range score and Priestland’s kick completed a second-half comeback to see them edge out Sale Sharks into sixth place. Leicester had earlier led by 14 points with tries by Ellis Genge, Brendon O’Connor and Clayton Blommetjies and 16 points from the boot of George Ford. Anthony Watson, Joe Cokanasiga and Beno Obano also crossed for Bath. It was a thrilling send-off for departing Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder, who saw his side trail for the majority of the contest. Bath join defending champions Saracens, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester, Northampton Saints and Harlequins as the Premiership’s representatives next season.
GLOUCESTER PROP TRAYNOR TO HANG UP HIS BOOTS AT END OF SEASON Former Scotland prop Kyle Traynor has announced his decision to retire from the sport at the end of the season. The 33-year-old, who won four caps for Scotland between 2009 and 2012, will hang up his boots at the end of the Gallagher Premiership play-offs with Gloucester. “I have experienced so many amazing and unforgettable things and made some truly incredible friends,” the former Edinburgh prop said. “To represent my country was a lifelong dream and I will never, ever forget the feeling of pulling on the Scotland jersey and wearing the Thistle. “To have represented Edinburgh Rugby, Bristol, Leicester Tigers and Gloucester Rugby is truly an honour and from making my Edinburgh debut in 2006 until now, I have tried to make a positive contribution to every team that I’ve been a part of.”
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