Jaque shows Jean some love

2011-09-06 10:58

Cape Town - For the last few seasons, the Bok centre-pairing of Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie have consistently been viewed as the most formidable in world rugby.

And as the Boks begin the defence of their RWC title against the Wales in New Zealand’s capital city on Sunday, Fourie has been showing some affection lately for his partner in crime.

As Kevin McCallum writes in Tuesday’s Cape Times newspaper, Fourie is one of the few Springboks who have managed to perform consistently since the last World Cup.

Although Fourie has achieved a lot of success in the past through some fantastic individual displays, but much of his stand-out performances in recent years has hinged on how well De Villiers plays.

However, Fourie points out that the telepathic understanding which exists between him and De Villiers stretches further back than when Fourie made the move to Western Province from the Lions.

“From the first time we played together in that first Test in 2004 at Ellis Park, we just clicked. It’s been going well since. I wish we had played more together, but there have been injuries and such like. He adds a lot to my game,” he told the Cape Times.

Fourie went onto say that De Villiers has exceptional knowledge of the game and when they play together, De Villiers allows him the space to play his natural game.

“I am busting more lines now than before. We have that sense of each other. I know what he’s going to do, and he knows what I am going to do,” concluded Fourie.

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  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 11:02

    Oh dear bubblegum. This heading is JUST what the Cape haters need to start with the 'pink' sh*te again. Think before you INK @Sport24.

      Major Fan - 2011-09-06 11:11

      Oh come on... only an idiot who is not in touch with his feminine side would take that the wrong way!!! Or some burly idiot from the North?

      donkerhond - 2011-09-06 11:33

      Well based by the pic Jacques does have some big feet

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 11:34

      Twas said tongue firmly in my female cheek @Major Fan :) Especially for the chaps from up north :) Twas a joke...based on the usual banter that takes place here.

      Mrgreeky - 2011-09-06 11:47

      @SAFFA_CAT, I'm from the North and I got it, seems a certain burly idiot from the south did not.

      Major Fan - 2011-09-06 12:03

      @ Saffa-cat, Ok, it seems that people around here definately need a disclaimer on tongue in cheek... I was not being serious! I am from the Free State... My other comment was going to be that he had to move to the Cape in order to start showing Jean some love!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 12:08

      @Major fan and Mr Greeky - lol - it seems there are far too many folk living on their nerves before the WC kicks off ( we are failing to see the humour in anything at the moment).......I include myself in that group.

      Jay - 2011-09-06 12:21

      They can move in together and adopt one of JuJu's love children if it means they have a good world cup..........................yes that's right i will say it.....................i will go against all my morals if it means we win the world cup.....................i am such a rugby slut ;)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 12:27

      @Jay - ROTFLMAO - Welcome to Le Club. I too am a rugby slut, in the best sense of the word of course. I will happily do whatever it takes for my team/s to prosper. Perhaps all rugby sluts are in fact just loyal, passionate and die hard fans.....

      pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-09-06 12:58

      Undoubtedly talented and skilled both of them are ... "best in the world" ... i am not so sure about this one [we SAFFAS like uttering these words "best in the world" ... don't we]. However ... due the the current BOK play pattern - and the one followed during the last five to six years .. at least ... these two guys are simply not utilized to their optimum potential. JdeV unfortunately has become another "stampkar" ... absolutely negating his exceptional ball spreading and space creating abilities. As for JF ... now and again he will score some spectacular tries in the STORMERS jersey mostly ... Fact is ... these two guys are simply under utilized currently in the BOK jersey - i mean to say ... when last did you see them [or any other BOK back line player for that matter] scoring a spectacular back line try ?????

      ARRA - 2011-09-06 13:22

      You said it,I suppose they share a room aswell

      Anon - 2011-09-06 13:38

      Eish, imagine the visual!! Jaque, Jean, candles, red wine and Bary White..

  • Chief Kok - 2011-09-06 11:07

    They are in fact the centre PAIR of the boks.

      JustinD - 2011-09-06 11:18

      Did your "name" get stiff when you read the headline?

      The J - 2011-09-06 11:39

      I'm sure they would both be keen to tuck into Nonu's vast array of make-up and cosmetics... Maybe even purchase a handbag from him...

      Jan - 2011-09-06 21:29

      Kok, why dont you go and play on a highway with your little toys, or do us a favour, keep that trap of yours, it stinks when you talk

  • Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 11:30

    Jean is overrated.

      Mr.R - 2011-09-06 11:36

      From the Cape but agree Wholeheartedly that he is long gone should have stayed overseas

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 11:58

      I suppose nobody thinks Juan de Jongh is better.

      jk - 2011-09-06 11:58

      dozer- stick to positive wp comments...

      Kyle - 2011-09-06 11:59

      Your comment is overrated

      jk - 2011-09-06 12:01

      kyle- take a hike boetie!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 12:13

      I think Juan de Jongh is better.....even though he is technically a 13 not a 12. For the purposes of this WC though, I wouldn't break the Jean/Jaque combo. Jean Div has been a fantastic servant of SA rugby, whatever you may think and the uber talented de Jongh will soon have his time.

      jk - 2011-09-06 12:19

      de jong's downfall will be that he's gonna be to predictable... my brother been with him at wp academy, and hes got an inside step that he does all the time,you just have to wait for him, hes gonna come your way soon, and he doesnt pass too often. but, hes good. i just look at him in a very critical point of view..

      Jay - 2011-09-06 12:25

      No body can put a player into space the way JDV can, he is a master tactician and will one day be the Bok back line coach, remember these words. He also has a very effective hand off. Juan will have his time, but we need these top boys at their best if we are going to win.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 12:37

      @Jay - agree with you there (about his future in coaching). Which is why I am delighted that he will be with us for 3 more years down here, as a player/player coach. He has also alluded to this as well - in terms of playing a mentor/coaching/talent identification role for the WPRFU. He is a classy individual & player - no arguments there. I am just a bit of a Juan de Jongh groupie.....but he himself admits, learning and 'stealing' from Jean and Jaque really counts in his favour.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 12:40

      Kyle, ''Your comment is overrated''. Seriously? How can a comment be overrated?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 12:46

      @jk- is your boet still playing/involved with the WPRFU? I know de Jongh does seem to have a few limitations, but I reckon we will see the best of him shortly.

      Mrgreeky - 2011-09-06 12:47

      Jean and Jaq are the right guys for the job, I rate De Jong however I think he is going to have a problem being only 84 kg and 110 kg brutes bearing down on him. He wont stand back but Nonu and SBW will always break the advantage line and take play 2 to 3 meter's further than if it was Juan or Jaq 100 kg and 105kg holding the line. It's the same reason Aplon struggles in one of the previous test matches the AB simply picked him up in the tackle and carried him back meter's.

      Kyle - 2011-09-06 13:10

      Bulldozer - just saying i dont agree with your comment mate...i wouldnt wanna break up a winning combination...just read the last sentence of the article why would you wanna change that combo... and especially at this time of the year. yes we have good youngsters coming up, de jong, ebersohn....but they lack the experience that jean brings to the game... maybe after the world cup, would be a better time to make these changes

      jk - 2011-09-06 13:50

      saffa- he was, but my big buddy from stellies days is the forward specialist there, so all info is good. hes struggling with forwards this year...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 13:56

      Ahhhhhhhhhh @jk - a very good man you are talking about. Don't know him, but he (and the others) have certainly done some unbelievable work with the kids.

      jk - 2011-09-06 14:19

      saffa- very good guy he is, and was fortunate to play with him in one of the best maties sides, between 95-98. he than had a very good c/cup final in 97 at hooker against the fs on newlands...

      Kyle - 2011-09-06 14:50

      Thanks Jk - with your fountain of knowledge, why arent you at the helm of SA rugby? look forward to your articles in the SA rugby magazine seen as you have these sources and experience with such players....but maybe you right...each to their own i guess. One thing being an armchair critic and its another being their on the field

      jk - 2011-09-06 14:53

      kyle- some of us had the privelage to play in one or two clubchamp finals... have you got the medals to show for it...??suppose not...

      Kyle - 2011-09-06 15:04

      Well congrats on that....pity you couldnt make the step up, no matter what the reason that you didnt pursure it or whatever. But i myself have played international sport, not rugby but i know what is too play at the highest level be that only at school level.

      jk - 2011-09-06 15:15

      kyle- what did you play...croquet...? i just wasnt good enough... but it was good to be with a group as a 22 year old and 80% played vodacom or province...still today i will be at the opening of the clubchamps and the gholf day...maties in your blood...

      Kyle - 2011-09-06 15:25

      lol haha nice one croquet...i prob it was actually cricket and hockey hey.. But seriously i understand what you mean and congrats again. Sorry to hear you couldnt make it, hope you still playing and enjoying the sport while you still can.

      jk - 2011-09-06 15:45

      i am- wp super a leauge- villagers

      Kyle - 2011-09-06 15:49

      Good Luck for the rest of your season, if it hasnt ended. GO BOKKE!!

      jk - 2011-09-06 15:57

      3 games to go..

      Punter - 2011-09-06 17:11

      Bulldozer you probably believe Wynand is better hahahahahahaha

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-06 11:33

    Formidable and Villiers and Fourie...perfect for the Bok-onslaught...go Bokke!!!!!

  • Ambiorix - 2011-09-06 11:42

    seriously, who writes this kak..

      jk - 2011-09-06 12:02

      agree...a load of bollocks...

      Jay - 2011-09-06 12:28

      @JK................This is a load of bollocks???????? but your prediction of France by 8 is not????? Those little yellow pills the nurses give you every are supposed to swallow them bro....................not shove them up your ass.

      jk - 2011-09-06 12:38

      jay- uh...?? france by 8 is not unrealistic at all brother...and those yellow pills are for my allergies..ok...

      Bootman - 2011-09-06 13:16

      Well even if they are for your allergies, you're still supposed to swallow them........unless you've got an allergy up your bum.

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-06 22:10

      Yes JK, bollocks - France by 8 against? The nature of JK's allergie is due to the fact that his body is trying to discard his brain - through the ass. There simply is no medication for his condition.

  • Big Al - 2011-09-06 12:04

    Can you imagine what is going to happen when the New Zealand press pick up this headline? THINK News24 THINK!

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-09-06 12:04

    GO BOKKE, 4 days!!! Happy with these centres with De Jongh on the bench. Best 3 in the country by far!!!

  • Davearch - 2011-09-06 12:08

    De Villiers is missing too many tackles and is slowing up a bit .. would like to see DE Jong get a chance ...

  • burtfred - 2011-09-06 12:08

    To all you homophobes out there - Gay boys can also play rugby you know, and they have feelings.

      jk - 2011-09-06 12:21

      they still gay...and not allowed here...if they wp supporters its different i suppose..

      Bootman - 2011-09-06 12:23

      I have no doubt that gay boys can play rugby. Afterall, Pierre Spies and Wynand Olivier became boks.

      jk - 2011-09-06 12:26


      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 12:32

      At least some have not lost their sense of humour in these 'final' days of waiting for kick off...People are becoming far too tetchy and sensitive whilst we wait....

      Jay - 2011-09-06 12:36

      @ Saffa, im one of them, Im shouting at the dog, kicking the missus and hurling abuse at the postman....................albeit when i catch him coming out my bedroom..................but this waiting is driving me crazy. I CANT WAIT ANY MORE!!!!

      jk - 2011-09-06 12:41

      saffa- the only thing that will ever make me nervous is if wp dont beat the luiperde 52-10 on sat...otherwise i dont have a care in the world...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 12:44

      LOLLLLLLLLLLLLL @Jay & the Postman :). I too am one of those struggling to 'keep the sanity' this week. I have upped my 'hours spent training in gym' to ridiculous levels in order to get rid of the nervous energy (and hopefully fall sleep earlier in the evenings..), but to no avail - time still dragsssssssssss. My hubby is just as bad, and our home is probably NOT the most pleasant or peaceful place in SA at the moment. We do know that we are not alone..... @jk - then you have nothing to fear :)

      jk - 2011-09-06 12:47

      saffa- my point exactly... my wp team must build up a massive points margin on sat...

      Big Al - 2011-09-06 13:32

      I wondered why Jaque moved to Province. Now we know..........

  • Barry O - 2011-09-06 12:18

    A stupidly titled and poorly written article.

  • Sneeky7 - 2011-09-06 14:16

    Sad that they won't ever get the ball...

      jk - 2011-09-06 14:36


  • Old EagleEye - 2011-09-06 15:42

    Ja well no fine! Bokke 26 (playing within themselves), Wales 18 (tremendous uphill struggle for them). Check it out come Sunday!

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-09-06 15:44

    At least they know each other well and actually also know each others names very well - not like in other provinces (more north !!!) where the flyhalf and centres do not know each other at all - not even names - they met on blind dates the friday evening before the game !!!! Oops !!!

  • Frederik - 2011-09-06 15:48

    “I am busting more lines now than before" - isn't that what pedrie said?

  • Neilson - 2011-09-06 22:03

    The only reason Fourie is "busting more lines" than he use to is because is not playing for the Lions anymore, which means he gets about 10 times the amount of balls to play with. Now at the Stormers he is getting all the ball he want, have his the "telepathic" link with Jean on he inside and have scored how many tries in the s15 this year? 4 less than Bjorn Basson or Saren Pretoius who's teams did not even make the quarters. Hope he gets his tele-pathetic link with Jean on the same frequency for the WC.

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