Bok star set to stay in Japan

2011-12-01 22:00

Cape Town - Springbok centre Jaque Fourie is set to stay in Japan and probably won't be available for the Stormers in next year's Super Rugby tournament.

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Die Burger newspaper reports that the 28-year-old looks likely to accept a massive offer in Japan which won't see him return to play for the Cape franchise.

Fourie, who plays for the Panasonic club, was expected to return at the end of March to play in the Super Rugby tournament, but an apparent R22 million offer for two years is likely to keep him in Japan.

With Fourie gone, the Stormers will be decidedly thin in the centre department with Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh the only recognised centres left. This comes after the men from the Cape lost two promising talents in Johann Sadie (to the Bulls) and Tim Whitehead (to the Sharks).

An injury to either De Villiers or De Jongh will leave the Stormers in a precarious position. With Fourie likely not returning, the Stormers brains trust would do well to offer former Sharks centre Adrian Jacobs a contract.

Jacobs's contract at the Sharks was recently not renewed and he has since returned to the Cape - from where he hails - and has expressed his interest to play for the Stormers.

Another option at centre is JP Du Plessis, who played for the Western Province Under-21 side this past season. Du Plessis plays at outside centre and was part of the Melbourne Rebels' Super Rugby group last season.


  • adeeb.franciscus - 2011-12-01 22:11


      Francois - 2011-12-02 04:57

      For the transfer fee, Province can buy Sadie back. Please not Jacobs. Rassie what the hell are you doing, playing chess or musical chairs? Show some balls and guts and invest in the future!

  • Mario - 2011-12-01 22:23

    Interesting,... I think they knew this hence Adi is training with them. What are you doing WP union? There is the option to Franscis at centre...he did it for the lions at times and then you have an additional tactical kicker on the field - I mean Matt Gittau however you spell his name did it for the Force and the Waratahs....VERY UPSET. Last year it was the flyhalfs...looks like this year it will be the centres.

  • Mark - 2011-12-01 22:28

    Maybe Fleckie will put on the jersey again and come out of retirement...That is not great news for us even if JF is making a ton of cash.

      Burtfred - 2011-12-02 08:36

      Will Fleckie be allowed to take his Zimmer frame onto the field with him?

  • Bob - 2011-12-01 22:44

    Japan is hardly inspiring as a rugby destination, but if that ticket price is correct then who could blame the man, once steadfastly loyal to the Lions?

  • Pieter - 2011-12-01 23:08

    Stormers centres: Adi and geriatric JdV Bwa HA HA HA HA HA and Oupa Habana on the wing. 20 years cupless here we come. WP= JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

      Matt - 2011-12-02 03:52

      @pieter...who do you support? i would hardly say we are the jokers of world rugby..having reached a super 15 final and semi-final in 2 years. sound very bitter to me

      Pieter - 2011-12-02 05:38

      @Mattie boy Not exactly the same than winning it 3 times in 4 years is it.

      Matt - 2011-12-02 08:49

      yep, thought so... yet another arrogant bulls supporter. let us not forget all those years ago when the bulls were the laughing stock of everyone when they were the perennial wooden spoon side. you only as good as your last campaign, where did the bulls finish in the last super rugby campaign-and currie cup for that matter. show some humility you twat...

      Jed - 2011-12-02 10:27

      James, cant believe the Bulls supporters are proud of there season. Yep W.P have had a winners trophy 33 times, how many trophy's have the Bulls won with there lucky super titles?

      Pieter - 2011-12-02 16:22

      @Matty boy, our brain surgeon on the blog You poor cupless WP boytjies love that one hey, "Only as good as your last match" So can u tell me, who won the last CurrieCup game between Bulls and WP, who won the last Super game between Bulls and Stormers. Just the answer please, no essays. Nou terug hok toe met jou oubaas se honne.

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2011-12-01 23:09

    He left the Lions because they were not doing well and went to play for the stormers. Then his old team mates (LIONS) gave them a hiding in the semi's. Now he is running away from the Stormers. What Now!!!

  • kevin.rack - 2011-12-02 04:25

    I dont rate him as our best centre, really do you think he is on par with the worlds best?? Overrated ball shuffler who misses first time tackles only to look good with a few intercepts. Centres are where the Boks lost the RWC. Whats is wrong at Province, really is Adi an option????

  • Niela - 2011-12-02 06:19

    Laat die mees opwindende jong senter loop tot oorkant die Jukskei en verloor dan die beste senter in SA. Well done WP. Dit is wat ek noem vooruitbeplanning.

      Niela - 2011-12-02 06:21

      Ek hoop vir jul part Juan d Jongh kan 100% van die seisoen speel en vet Adi sit net op die bank... Ek hoop...

  • Ockie - 2011-12-02 06:32

    Guys there is no chance that WP can meet a 22 Million offer. You can't blame Fourie for 'filling up' while it rain! Best of luck for his future ... surely a new star will emerges. De Jong or Sadie are the most probable prospects here.

      Lionel - 2011-12-02 07:32

      Ockie,Sadie has left for the Bulls which infuriates me even more now that Fourie is not coming back!!!!Gotta hope no serious injuries to De Jongh or De Villiers!!!

  • Lionel - 2011-12-02 07:34

    Eish,my beloved WP/Stormers,I sincerely hope you guys know what is going on because we as fans most certainly don't......good luck though for the season ahead!!!!!!!!!

      paul.ramncwana - 2011-12-02 08:55

      U r so right I'm not sure wht the hell is happening but as supporter you must support but this is the last season for Coetzee & Rassie if we don't win cups!!! I think they have lost the plot!!! WP 4 LIFE!!!

  • Tammas - 2011-12-02 08:02

    Adi has stopped playing rugby long before JdV. He is a has been, hardly ever turned out for the Sharks this season. Time to bite the bullet and start blooding the youngsters. Time to move one or two other players who have reached the sell by date.

  • Tammas - 2011-12-02 08:13

    Adi is a has been. Do the Stormers need the hasbeens from the the other teams. I think we need to start blooding our younger players , give them decent contracts and keep them. Year in year out we have this problem. Maybe time to put JdV out to pasture , he is only playing on memory and reputation.Just look at the Cheetahs, the other unions poach them blind every season,but thet come up with new young and exciting players every season.

  • Gershwin - 2011-12-02 08:15

    I Dont care who they get even if its Naas Botha or John Botha, lol the main thing we need to win the SUPER 15, then im sure we all will sing a different tune

  • Nico - 2011-12-02 09:03

    Still searching for that winning culture hey Jacque?? I'm so glad you left the Lions, after you left, we now have a winning culture :)

  • Lida - 2011-12-02 09:03

    Good for him

  • Jan - 2011-12-02 09:21

    Money talks and Springboks walk... So we've lost the best outside centre in the world, let Johan Sadie and Tim Whitehead go and some idiots are actually saying Adrian Jacobs will be a good buy for the Stormers. You idiot! Jacobs has been a has-been for years and in no type of form to warrant a contract at any super rugby franchise. Yet another in a long line of over the hill players that WP feel they have to buy. Rassie and co, for once think quality not quantity! Wylie Human, AJ Venter (when his carreer was over) Hilton Lobberts etc. What are you guys doing man!?

      Chris - 2011-12-02 09:35

      Rassie, AC and co don't give a damn about WP-rugby!!!! They are only interested in their 'fat' salaries!!!! We, the supporters, are paying it for them...and we are silently accepting them taking WP-rugby to the cleaners!!!!! If we leave these clowns any longer at the helm, our beloved WP is done and gone!!!!!

  • Johan - 2011-12-02 09:57

    Should read "Has been Bok Star"

      Lionel - 2011-12-02 10:06

      What a wonderful statement there Johan,well done!!!!!!He might be a Hasbeen in your eyes but I will pick him anytime before Wynand"meisiekind"Olivier.

      Pieter - 2011-12-02 16:51

      @Lionel the sensitive meisiekind Where did Johan mention anything about WO???? He simply states that JF is a hasbeen which is totally true. So typical idiotic WP, keep telling everyone how JF and JdV are the best centres in the world!! In your dreams my little toothless boy. If your team is as good as you mention, don't you think there would have been at least one Vodacom or one CurrieCup or one Super-cup in the last 10 years or so?

  • wshikwambana - 2011-12-02 10:10

    Not good news but lets not forget Brache and Claasen whom I , IMHO, believe could flourish if they given a chance. I don't think it's all doom & gloom

  • Brevan - 2011-12-02 10:28

    You couldn't begrudge and player for taking an offer like that. The sport is professional and even though there is an element of pride, this is their careers. If another company offered you more than 3 times what you're earning now, would you not take the offer. I would. It may leave WP with a gap, but the youngsters need to step up! There is van der Spuy and Bosch as well. There are also some Boland Centres we can look at including Elgar Watts who can play inside centre as well. Maybe time for Matthew Roslee to return home as well?

      Pieter - 2011-12-03 21:25

      @Brevan I can see you really trying to be positive but you gonna have to be a little realistic as well. WP/Stormers will not see a cup for at least another 5 years, making them 15 yr cupless. That record will never to broken, at least some kind of record you have. WP= JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

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