Fourie's Bok fire still burning

2012-03-13 16:51
Fourie du Preez (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Fourie du Preez admits his goals have changed slightly and that he still wants to represent the Springboks.

The 62-Test cap veteran has been playing his rugby in Japan for the past four months and according to the Times Live's website, his love for the Bok jersey remains.

"When I originally decided to come over to Japan, I thought 2011 would be my target and that getting to the World Cup would be it," he was quoted as saying on the International Rugby Board's radio show, Total Rugby.

But the former Bulls scrumhalf admits that South Africa's heartbreaking World Cup quarter-final loss to Australia changed the situation somewhat.

"Losing to Australia might have changed that.

"During the World Cup we felt we were improving. We sort of knew where we were going. That's what made losing to Australia really frustrating. We felt we had a real shot at beating the All Blacks. Losing that game was one of the lowest points in my career."

He feels moving to Japan has changed revitalised his love for the game.

"Coming over (to Japan) has been a lot better than I thought and I've been able to get back into shape. Maybe that hunger is back again. It is still too early to say. I haven't got around it in my head whether it will be good or bad for me. Never say never."

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