Meyer sad to lose Fourie

2012-04-18 10:13
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo)
Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer says he regrets Jaque Fourie’s decision not to make himself available for the Springboks while he plays in Japan, but he respects it.

Fourie has a two-year contract with the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers and said while he plays there he won’t be available for the Springboks.

“His decision is definitely a sad day for Springbok rugby. He is one of the best ever and could have played 50 more Tests, but I grant him his opportunities,” Meyer told Die Burger.

“I appreciate the fact that he talked to me about it because I want players 100% committed to play for the Boks.

“However, this is now an opportunity for other players to show they can fill the big void left by Jaque.

“I wish him and his family only the best,” said Meyer.

Fourie played in 69 Tests and scored 32 tries for the Boks.

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