Du Preez replaces Ruan Pienaar for the opening Test against Wales tomorrow, but the latter will also provide valuable impetus from the bench, stressed Meyer.
“Fourie is an awesome leader. He will pick up the pace of the game and, in my eye, he is still the best No 9 in the world,” said the coach.
Meyer was also full of praise for right wing Cornal Hendricks.
“There’s a trophy awarded among the players every week and last week it went to Cornal. Along with Bryan Habana and Willie le Roux, we have a potent back three,” said Meyer.
Meyer also thought JP Pietersen passed his test as outside centre with flying colours.
“JP has been superb in training and the great thing about SA Rugby is that as soon as you lose a top player, another player steps up to do the job.”
Meyer said he was also impressed with what wing Lwazi Mvovo achieved in his short time on the field.
“The thing is we don’t talk about a bench, but as a squad of 23, there’s Lwazi who can cover 11 and 15. I wanted to go with a centre among the replacements, but Lwazi was awesome last week,” he said.