The Worcester and Scotland forward will return to action on Saturday seven months after a fractured larynx left him unable to talk and considering retirement
Cornell du Preez’s determination to continue his career never dimmed. Not when the doctors told him his throat injury was the kind sustained by car crash victims, not when he had to eat through a tube in his nose after countless operations and not even when he was left unable to speak for a month. So it is testament to the Worcester back‑rower’s character that he makes his comeback on Saturday after seven months out of action.
Du Preez was barely five minutes into his Worcester debut on the opening weekend of the season against Wasps when a collision with Joe Launchbury’s knee resulted in his freak injury. The 28-year-old discusses the incident which left him with a fractured larynx with a calmness that belies the terror he felt when, attempting to explain to the club doctor what had happened, no words came out.