WP confirm Fourie's departure

2011-12-02 10:58

Cape Town - Jaque Fourie, who is currently playing rugby for the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan’s Top League, will not return to South Africa in 2012/13 to play Super, or domestic rugby.

The three time Rugby World Cup and 69-cap Springbok centre, who played for the Stormers and Western Province in 2010 and 2011, has opted not to renew his contract in South Africa, having secured what is believed to be one of the biggest contracts in rugby union.

Fourie will for the next two years play for the Kobe Steelers.

“Fourie’s two year contract with WP Rugby ended after the 2011 Currie Cup and despite efforts to secure his services, Jaque has opted not to return. The deal is simply too big for us as a South African franchise.” said WP Rugby MD Rob Wagner.

“While we are obviously disappointed, Jaque made a huge impact during his stay in the Cape and we wish him well with his career in Japan.”


  • Lionel - 2011-12-02 11:03

    Oh Boy mum remember melrose,oh boy dad remember Klipdrift.......................I need one after this news.....good luck Jaque!!!!!

      Sulaiman - 2011-12-02 14:00

      Even though I am WP/Stormer supporter I have to say all the talent has left our province. Now we thin on all positions. :(

  • Jean - 2011-12-02 11:04

    Every man has his price!!!

      Wesley - 2011-12-02 11:06

      ya and at the price he got, its almost every man!

  • Warrick - 2011-12-02 11:21

    he will be missed :(

  • Alan - 2011-12-02 11:26

    This means the Stormers/WP now have even less chance of ever winning anything again.

      Taetjo - 2011-12-02 11:42


  • paul.ramncwana - 2011-12-02 11:33

    Thanks for going!!

  • Taetjo - 2011-12-02 11:42

    Easy come easy go... Simple as that. Jaque was never going to be loyal to the Cape franchise.

      Deon - 2011-12-02 12:06

      They are nowadays well paid workers, you would also go to another place if you get tripple pay. Loyalty has gone out of the window since they became proffesional +- 15 years ago.

      Lionel - 2011-12-02 12:09

      Want loyalty,get youself a dog!!!!!!!!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-12-02 12:28

      @Taetjo. I have an opening in my business. R 2 000 000 a year. Interested? O..yes, do you have anything you can contribute that is outstanding?

      Taetjo - 2011-12-02 12:48

      @ DuToitCoetzee... No thanks... I am contributing enough where I am.

      tony.kirby1 - 2011-12-02 12:50

      Loyalty, there is no loyalty left anymore, at work or anywhere. Not even the loyalty points u get on your shopping card.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-12-02 13:00

      @Taetjo. Sorry man. I can't match the Japanese's offer. :)

  • Steenbra - 2011-12-02 11:57

    I remember reading an article when Christo Wiese said that no one is irreplaceable.... and i agree...

      Chris - 2011-12-02 12:23

      I agree Steenbra...but its not really about Jaque F, its about how many players WP has lost the last few months and how many has-beens they have contracted the last few months. At this stage we don't have any hope for next season and the future!!!!! Reading the comments, it seams like to many supporters don't see that we are going down with the speed of light...

  • Steenbra - 2011-12-02 11:58

    I wonder how this will affect Springbok selections..

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2011-12-02 12:10

      Maybe Wynand will finally get a chance to wear Green & Gold as a first choice

      Lionel - 2011-12-02 12:17

      @Johan,never,far better centres than meisiekind Olivier and yes I will name a few.De Jong,De Villiers,Frans Steyn,Doppies le grange,Sadie,Lambie if need be but Wynand thats a big no no!!!

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2011-12-02 12:22

      @Lionel I agree, just being sacastic, wouldn't like a model to play for SA

      Lionel - 2011-12-02 12:28

      @Johan,good on you:):):):)

      Steenbra - 2011-12-02 14:07

      Okes...... should be hougaard@ 10 with olivier outside of him

      Steenbra - 2011-12-02 17:53

      If for the next 2 yrs he plays in Japan, he wont be eligible for springbok selection if the policy re selection of overseas players is enforced..

  • Johann - 2011-12-02 12:04

    Shame, WP can't afford a player like that ?? And then there is also Sadie and Engelbrecht !! At the pace they "can't afford" they will have no backline left. But no, I seem to remember Adie is coming ......... BRILLIANT!!!! LOL

  • johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2011-12-02 12:08

    It's a professional sport, if you are in a career and another company offers you more.....

      Lionel - 2011-12-02 12:18


      Steenbra - 2011-12-02 17:54

      But then he must cry foul if he is not slected for the Boks.. he knew the rules re selctions of overseas based players and therefore shouldnt moan if he does not get selected.

  • Chris - 2011-12-02 12:15

    We all know by now that Rassie, AC and Co don't give a damn about WP-rugby!!!! All they are interested in are their 'fat' salaries!!! We, the supporters, are paying it to them...and we are quietly accepting them taking WP-rugby to its grave. If we leave these clowns any longer at the helm, our beloved WP-rugby is done and gone forever!!! We need immediate action...the problem is we cannot use this forum to get something going because the moment you spell out what is needed to be done, sport24 is deleting your contribution!!! So much for the media's own fought fight against cencorship!!! The fools do it themselves....

      Judy - 2011-12-02 12:46

      Chris, rugby like any sport has become a job -albeit overpaid. Politics have ruined the sportmanship and there is nothing keeping the guys here. There is no challenge. The Lions had a turning point this season but will it stay that way next season. Other countries are trying to build their teams by utilising good players from other countries and SA has amazing talent from which these countries can learn. Sad that politics sees our guys heading off to greener pastures - politics and sport don't go!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-12-02 12:47

      A bit of advise. Just look at a bit higher than AC & Rassie. It was, will and always be WP's problem. It always started with the rumors in Newlands's offices passage. Than you see the standard and play goes down and eventually the bomb want to burst, but get removed at cost and it all start looking fine for a while before the process repeats it selves.

      Riaan - 2011-12-02 14:16

      Let your wallet do the talking and don't buy tickets to Newlands

  • tony.kirby1 - 2011-12-02 12:51

    We lost jacque but we have Adi Jaccobs to replace him :)

  • christidv - 2011-12-02 12:53

    Just wait a minute so WP loses Johan Sadie and Tim Whitehead because Fourie was playing for the Stormers and now he is staying in Japan please get your home in order Province.

  • Chris - 2011-12-02 12:56

    Let all our WP-rugby supporters say NO to Rassie, AC and Co by not attending WP and Stormers games next year! I know it's going to be difficult but an empty stadion will perhaps get the message through to them.

      paul.ramncwana - 2011-12-02 13:39

      I think Rassie & AC r part of the problem our board is to blame too. When last have they held elections in getting a New President for WP Rugby. It's 10years since the last CUP don't we need a new board wit fresh ideas. I think the guys r enjoy the fat salaries it's time for a change in WP Rugby. Heads need to roll how many trophy less seasons will it take 2 get a new board.

  • Ryan - 2011-12-02 13:13

    Ja julle useless *******. My span is beesig om my baie kwaad te maak. Nou wat nou? Nou sit ons sonder sadie en whitehead ook. Kan ons maar net nie leer nie

  • Walter - 2011-12-02 13:53

    Do yourselves the favour of watching the movie "MoneyBall". Even in professional sport, I and many others will rather loose a final with our own, players coming through the ranks in our own area than having stars from elsewhere, than winning it. Why is the Cheetas doing so well with much less money. There are things money can't buy. Same with thinking of a Bok coach from elsewhere.

      Heiku - 2011-12-02 15:41

      I agree. Good comment.

  • Brevan - 2011-12-02 14:17

    Oh the panic... I agree that it is a big loss, but at centre we have options. After Juan and Jean there is Peter Grant, Paul Bosch and in an emergency Bryan Habana. He did after all play all his games for the Lions at centre. We could give youngsters Brache and van der Spuy a chance as well, then there is no reason that we couldn't call on AD Jacobs. He will probably sign for Boland which means he is available to us. We won't have Fourie's leadership, but he has imparted some of his knowledge on the rest of the guys. The picture is not as bleak as people may think. Once the sport became professional and a players made careers out of it, you could not expect players to remain loyal. It's the price of professionalism.

      Chris - 2011-12-02 14:26

      @Brevan: Do you really think we are going to win major throphies next year with the guys you are mentioning?!!!!! Are we AGAIN on a 10 year building process without any success?!!! What about our obvious shortcomings at prop and lock and at scrumhalf and flyhalf?!!!!

      Brevan - 2011-12-02 18:52

      Grant would be first choice FH, but you don't think that Catrakilis has shown enough promise at Flyhalf? Elgar Watts has improved his kicking which was the issue with him. There's also the option of using Joe Petersen. Dollie, Francis and van Aswegen? I think Malherbe and Kitshoff are ready for S15, with backup from Kritzinger and Deon Carstens. Lock, Bekker and Elstadt and there's Quin Roux and Steenkamp.You seem to think that you need stars in every position. The Lions proved that you don't. My question is, how do you blame WP that Fourie hasn't renewed his contract or Sadie etc? Fourie was already the highest paid WP player, what do you expect them to do? They couldn't guarantee Sadie game time at that point, that is why he left. They offered him a contract. I want to know what it is that people expect WP to do. Use home grown talent or buy players? From 2 years ago when we lost in the final, which players don't we have anymore? Flo, van Zyl and Fourie, so we still have the core of that team? It makes life more difficult when you lose players like that, but not impossible.

  • Peter - 2011-12-02 14:30

    Never trusted this guy always playing for himself and glory, no loyalty to anything except money, good riddance

  • Grant - 2011-12-02 14:32

    Rassie....why on earth did you let Sadie go? Poor man management! Damn!

  • Priester - 2011-12-02 14:41

    Eish dis lekker om 'n Bull supporter te wees! :-)))

      Chris - 2011-12-02 15:15

      Ook maar met min tevrede as jy terugdink aan al hulle 'PRESTASIES' verlede jaar!!!! Maar verskoon jou...BBulle is wyd bekend vir hul kort geheue! Hul kan wel onthou van hul 3 Super-rugby trofees en vooruitspellend gaan ek nou met dit gepeper word.

      Claud - 2011-12-02 20:35

      Volgende jaar begin ons die herbou van die span, ons hoop om tenminste die die WP te klop, ja dit is lekker om n Bul te wees ons het tenminste n wen kultuur al ploeg ons met WP se Kalwers.

  • whusselmann - 2011-12-02 14:50

    We can overcome anything if they can find us a proper nr 3 prop with enough experience.

      Chris - 2011-12-02 15:18

      No my friend, that is a crucial shortcoming, but so are depht at 1; 2; 4 and 5 as well as 9 and 10 and suddenly also at centre!!!!! Don't live in Lalaland.

      Pieter - 2011-12-02 19:35

      @ Will Husselmann Luister ou resies brommer, het jy op jou kop geval???? "Overcome anything" Bwa HA HA HA HA HA is jy mal man!! Julle kort ook 'n nr 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 ,14, 15, manager, coach en persoonlikheid

  • Pieter - 2011-12-02 16:17

    WP, the Jokers of world rugby, has a new goal: They feel 2 decades cupless is well in their reach, and who will argue with that!

      Steenbra - 2011-12-02 17:56

      Het Pieter come up wif somefing new... this cup story is old hat now. Vinyls has long gone and it seems u stuck...

      Pieter - 2011-12-02 18:31

      @Steenbra Then just admit that WP has been a joke for many years now and I'll stop. I'm tired of hearing idiotic WP supporters telling you they finished 4th on the log or the won the CC in the 1800's or whatever. That means nothing. So until you admit to that, I'll keep reminding you of your brilliant last decade

  • Claude - 2011-12-02 16:38

    Poor management not to have negotiated a longer contract.

  • Dave - 2011-12-02 17:03

    Ah well..... Never mind, Capies. What goes around, comes around......

      Steenbra - 2011-12-02 17:57

      Dont come to Cape Town for a holiday LOL

  • Benmica - 2011-12-03 07:51

    One of the best..... Enjoy it Jacque....... May you have a long, successful and happy life for all the joy you gave us when you played.... Bulls forever...

  • Adriaan - 2011-12-03 09:46

    He will be missed

      Pieter - 2011-12-03 18:13

      @Adriaan By the ballerina club yes. Jacques "ek trippel kantlyn toe" Fourie

  • JP - 2011-12-04 21:52

    There goes another one!

  • richard.joffe - 2011-12-05 19:31

    All the Wp supporters are Bashers are missing a key fact on last years super 15 squad where the stormers won the "real Currie Cup" strength vs Strength title in the Sa conference We have lost 1 starting player Jaque Fourie and De Jong has his chance to prove himself, 1 player lol. Sadie and JJ werent first choice players they were offered contracts like Whitehead and chose the money like Fourie fairplay, we are stronger at fullback with Joe Pieterson back and actually Gerhard van Der Heever is more proven at super 15 then JJ so lol and Deon Carstens is better then CJ. Plus this time last year u so called fans didnt know Sadie etc Jp du plessis , michael van der spy even brache might turn out better.

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