Jaque Fourie off to Japan

2011-10-24 14:03

Cape Town - Springbok centre Jaque Fourie will play for the Panasonic Wild Knights in the Japan's Top League in its upcoming four-month season which starts this weekend, the club said on Tuesday.

The club said Fourie, 28, who played for South Africa in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, will be a "major force" as the team challenges for the Top League - the highest level in Japan's rugby - and the national championships.

Fourie played for South African clubs the Stormers and Western Province before the World Cup.

"His contract will just cover this season," Panasonic club spokesperson Satoru Awaya said. "Nothing has been decided about the time beyond the season."

Fourie is the latest big name to join the eight-year-old Japanese professional league, which is backed by big corporate money but less demanding because of the relatively short season.

Fourie will join Rugby World Cup team-mates Danie Rossouw, 33, and Fourie du Preez in Japan - the pair have signed for Suntory Sungoliath for the next two years. Former Wallaby George Smith, 31, is also on Suntory's books.

The schedule allows stars to play in the Top League and the southern hemisphere Super League, which is played from February to July.

Japan, whose World Cup winless streak stretched to 18 matches over 20 years at the New Zealand tournament, hope to raise the level of the domestic game before hosting the World Cup in 2019.

At Panasonic, Fourie fills in for New Zealand-born lock Justin Ives, who was forced to leave Japan's World Cup squad in New Zealand after failing to regain full fitness following an injury to his left knee in training.

"It is difficult for Ives to come back during the new season," the club said.

Panasonic won the Top League final for the first time in 2010-2011 but failed for the fourth straight year to win the national championship title.


  • Riaan.dekock1 - 2011-10-24 13:25

    wel i guess now we will wait 10 more years to win the currie cup..........

  • Koos - 2011-10-24 13:35

    Jaque Fourie, het van die leeus na wepe gekuif ,want hy was moeg vir verloor, nie baie slim nie, hoop hy kry nou n wen span.

      Lionel - 2011-10-24 14:39

      Wat is gekuif???Is dit 'n nuwe hairdo in Twsane?????

      Trompie - 2011-10-24 14:57

      Lionel ek vermoed Koos wou "geskuif" geskryf het maar het per abuis die "s" uitgelaat .... blote tikfout. Hou aan hard werk en moet nie opgee nie jou brein sal later die tipe tikfoute self regmaak wanneer jy lees.

      Lionel - 2011-10-24 15:22

      Wow.So bo my koolkop Trompie het jy dit self uitgedink wat jy daar getik het????,ek weet dit was 'n tik fout,ek trek net die ou se been,vat 'n chill pill ou groote!!!!!

      ruanpretorius1980 - 2011-10-24 15:40

      Lionel... Dis Tshwane... Oftewel die Metropolitaanse gebied van Tshwane met onder meer die stad Pretoria wat daaronder val. Wie is nou die idioot?

      Lionel - 2011-10-24 15:45

      Ruan,dankie dat jy my reg gehelp het daar,waardeur dit baie!!!!!!!!!

      marco.tomaso - 2011-10-24 16:30

      @Ruan **** "Metropolitaanse gebied van Tshwane" dit is 'n hoop K^K.Dit is die Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek ook bekend as die Transvaal Republiek,'n onafhanklike Boer-regeerde gebied in Suid Afrika volgens die Pretoria Konvensie van 3 Augustus 1881 en toe lelik gesteel was van my volk deur die ANC diewe.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-24 13:50

    Jaque, gaan en geniet dit! Hoop die betaling is goed! Die feit dat hy nie ruskans sal kry nie, pla my nie. Daar is baie goeie senters in die WP en dit sal maklik wees om hom te laat rus sonder om die span te ontwrig. Laat hy in die groot wedstryde speel en gee hom ruskans teen die ligter spanne, soos die Bulle, ens.

  • marius.theron1 - 2011-10-24 13:56

    Mooi so, nou kan WP vir Juan speel en dan kan ons agterlyn vir n slag reguit hardloop. Bly sommer permanent daar ou Jaque.

      Jou - 2011-10-24 15:20

      That my friend, is why YOU are a WP supporter.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-24 15:37

      @marius. Oeps, some-one just shown his lack of rugby knowledge. Marius do not worry. There will be enough time to get young blood in to fill JF's boots. It will take WP time to build a better forward combination.......or do Rassie still have money left in the budget to buy with.

      jacques.ackermann - 2011-10-24 16:26

      jacques is nie die probleem nie dis jean "ek kan nie eers n duik in n wol kombers slaan nie" de villiers. dink ou jacques is seker moeg van al die rubbish bal wat hy kry oor die jare.

  • bobbynicholson - 2011-10-24 14:09

    Official Press Release - it was not rugby week that released this story!!

  • jpcronje - 2011-10-24 15:41

    Dog hulle speel te veel rugby?!?

  • Jack - 2011-10-24 17:03

    Here is a guy within shot of the Springbok try scoring record. But after this Japan move, he can forget it. Sadly, it marks the end of the road.

  • Johan - 2011-10-24 18:10

    Oh No, the BEST centre pair in the world is split up. lol!!

      Sedick - 2011-10-24 19:17

      Yep, sad day. The best centre pairing who are incapable of a full back line movement, incapable of making space on the outside, and incapable of scoring tries with 70% of territory/70% possession - oh yes, and can't pass, other than forward. They are also regularly outplayed by opposition centres (SB made them look stupid), miss tackles, and kept De Jong out of the team.... I am a WP/Bokke supporter just for the record......

      Gavin - 2011-10-25 09:57

      John Mitchell's plan was brilliant against WP. He targeted the weak link in WP team. He used his locks to to slice through Juan DV and Jaque F like a hot knife through butter.

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