Coetzee: Fourie can be a Bok

2013-08-01 11:52
Deon Fourie (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee believes Deon Fourie's best chance at becoming a Springbok would be as a flank and not a hooker.

Coetzee confirmed to Die Burger's website that Fourie will again lead Western Province in this year's Currie Cup, which starts for them with a home game against the Blue Bulls next Saturday.

The coach also confirmed that Fourie will play at flank in the competition - as he did so successfully when he led them to Cup glory last year.

"Deon will be the captain and openside flank. If there's a crisis at hooker, he'll have to help there," said Coetzee.

While Fourie prefers to play hooker, Coetzee feels his best chance at higher honours would be if he plays flank.

"He's been right up there in terms of openside flanks in Super Rugby. It's not only his ability to turn over possession, but also his work ethic in terms of the amount of times he carries the ball, the manner in which he climbs into rucks and the tackles he makes.

"Normally you won't see a player who carries the ball a lot also get involved in the rucks and also be factor on defence. Deon, however, is outstanding in every facet. His work-ethic in phenomenal," said Coetzee.

With Tiaan Liebenberg still recovering from aback injury, Scarra Ntubeni will start at hooker against the Bulls, while Fourie, Rynhardt Elstadt and Nizaam Carr are expected to make up the loose trio. Duane Vermeulen and Siya Kolisi are expected to be called up to the Springbok squad this weekend which would make them unavailable for the Bulls game.



Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

Irrespective of the result of the Springboks' bronze medal match against Argentina, should coach Heyneke Meyer be offered a contract extension?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.