Cape Town - A call from Springbok coach
Heyneke Meyer led to centre Jaque Fourie reconsidering his international future.
The 32-year-old, who plays his club rugby
for the Kobelco Steelers in Japan, retired from international rugby last year.
But a call from Meyer earlier this year led
to a change of heart and Fourie is now eyeing the Rugby World Cup in England and
Wales later this year.
At present, he is not fit enough for the
rigours of international rugby and has been put on a rigid training programme
to regain top fitness levels.
“Me and my family were set to fly back to
Japan this week,” Fourie told Netwerk24 last week. “We’ve had a wonderful holiday of
about four months here - and I was ready to start training for the new Japanese
season. Then Heyneke phoned me and asked if we could chat.
“He told me he had the luxury of a big
group of experienced players from which he could pick and that he would like to
consider me. He gave me the assurance that they would discuss it with my club,
the Kobelco Steelers, because I actually promised my club that I had retired
from international rugby.
“Nevertheless, the drawcard of a fourth
World Cup is a strong one. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would
Fourie played 72 Tests for
the Springboks after making his debut against Uruguay at the 2003 Rugby
World Cup in Australia.
His last Test was against France in Paris in November 2013.