Saracens - Family ties driving Du Plessis

Jan 30, 2015

Family ties driving Du Plessis

Petrus Du Plessis will be facing Blue Bulls on Saturday, as Saracens tackle the Pretorian giants in the Sanlam Challenge at Allianz Park, kick-off 15h15.

Facing the Blue Bulls will be a special occasion for Du Plessis, as his step-grandfather Buurman Van Zyl helped build the Blue Bulls into one of South Africa’s rugby powerhouses in a 13-year stint as Head Coach.

Van Zyl coached the Blue Bulls (who were then known as Northern Transvaal until they changed to the Blue Bulls in 1997) for the club’s most decorated domestic period. Under his stewardship the Pretorian side lifted the Currie Cup on nine occasions, whilst sharing the famous trophy twice.

[caption id="attachment_32744" align="alignnone" width="499"]Buurman Van Zyl Brig Buurman van Zyl (coach) and Thys Lourens (captain) holding the Currie Cup[/caption]

Du Plessis, who is named at prop to face the Blue Bulls, admits that Saturday’s game will be a special occasion for him and his family.

He explains: “My step grandfather was Brigadier Buurman van Zyl. He coached the Blue Bulls in the 70’s and 80’s and has legendary status with the Bulls. He passed away early in my life, but the impact he had on our family was huge – the Bulls played a massive part of my upbringing.

“It will be special running out against them on Saturday for a host of reasons, no more so than the history that is attached with the Bulls in my family.”

He added: “It’s always a great occasion when we face South African opposition at Allianz Park. It will be a tough contest but one that we’re all looking forward to.”

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