Fourie: I won't let Boks down

2013-10-31 15:30
Jaque Fourie (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok and Kobelco Steelers centre Jaque Fourie has scoffed at suggestions that he won’t be able to take the step up to Test level for the Springboks on their end of year tour, after having spent two years playing in Japan.

Speaking to BallzRadio, Fourie said Suntory Sungoliath and Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez’s return to the Springbok fold had proved that players playing in Japan could return to the national side without appearing out of their depth.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer on Monday recalled Fourie, along with two other former Springbok stalwarts in JP Pietersen and Bakkies Botha, in his 32-man squad for the end of year tour.

“Du Preez looked fresh and sharp (when he returned for the Springboks),” Fourie said.

Fourie took a swipe at critics who questioned his commitment to the cause for the Springbok team.

“Whether I am playing against a Japanese team or against New Zealand, every time I get onto the field I give 100%. I have enjoyed it tremendously in Japan, but it was awesome getting a call-up to come back and play for the Boks. It’s an honour and a privilege to play for my country.”

Explaining his original decision to take a break from South African rugby, Fourie said he felt after the 2011 Rugby World Cup he needed play overseas to prolong his career.

“With the amount of rugby that players play in South Africa the body takes a pounding and is under a lot of stress.”

Fourie said that although players played less rugby in Japan their conditioning was very good.

“We have a three-month pre-season, in that time you get your body in such good condition, we play a maximum of 25 games in a season and we have a month-long mid-season break, so the body always stays fresh.”

Fourie's said the strong relationship cultivated with his club over the past two years had paved the way for his Springbok return.

“When I renegotiated my contract with Kobelco Steelers, they knew that I wanted to come back to contend for a Springbok spot at the Rugby World Cup. So when (Heyneke Meyer) called and asked if I could play for the Boks on the end of year tour, they agreed and I was very happy they said yes.”

The Springboks face Wales on November 9 (kick-off at 19:30), followed by games against Scotland (November 17 at 17:00) and France (November 23 at 22:00).


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Saturday, 04 July 2020
South Africa v Scotland, Cape Town 17:05
Saturday, 11 July 2020
South Africa v Scotland, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 18 July 2020
South Africa v Georgia, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 08 August 2020
South Africa v Argentina, Emirates Airline Park 14:00
Saturday, 15 August 2020
Argentina v South Africa, Estadio Bicentenario 21:45
Saturday, 29 August 2020
Australia v South Africa, Perth Oval 14:00

Who should walk away the winner in the Team of the Year category at the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.