Early SA return for Sale's Du Preez
Sale have confirmed back-rower Jean-Luc du Preez's spell in England has been brought to a premature end by injury.
The South African international joined on a three-month deal in November as cover for the injured Tom Curry and played alongside his older brother fly-half Robert at the AJ Bell Stadium.
However, he picked up an unspecified injury in last weekend's 30-15 win at Gloucester and is now heading back to South Africa with the hope of being fit in time for the Sharks' Super Rugby campaign.
He said: "It was an unbelievable time … They have one of the best team cultures I have had the pleasure of being involved with.
"They are an incredible bunch of lads, and I feel this is just the start for Sale."
Du Preez's injury meant he missed Sale's impressive 24-18 win over Saracens on Friday.
Both Sam James and Denny Solomona scored for the Sharks, while Du Preez kicked a conversion and four penalties.
Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.