It’s good to be back – Jacque Fourie

2013-11-01 15:56

Western Province and Stormers hooker Siyabonga “Scarra” Ntubeni says he knows where he stands in terms of the Bok team for the tour at the end of the year.

Chances are Ntubeni will only be a bag carrier unless starting hookers Bismarck du Plessis and Adriaan Strauss come down with injuries, but he says that the tour will be experimental for him.

“I had a one-on-one with coach Heyneke Meyer and he told me exactly where I stand. He told me what was happening and what is going on, which is pretty good. I know he will never lie to me,” Ntubeni said.

“I know I have only been training for three or so years and I have joined some of the best hookers in the world, so I have a lot to learn. They can teach me a lot, not just with the Springboks but in other facets too. I will use this as a stepping stone in Super Rugby.”

Meanwhile, Springbok centre Jacque Fourie said he was happy with how the Springboks had progressed while he has been away.

Fourie last played for South Africa in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinal against Australia, which they lost 11-9.

Fourie will be a key part of the Bok defence, especially with the big midfielders that Wales, Scotland and France are expected to field.

His partnership with Jean de Villiers will also be rekindled, which is something that excites him.

“I have been following every game the Boks have played and I’m excited by what I have seen. They are moving in the right direction and there are a lot of good young players,” Fourie said.

“Jean has been playing the best rugby of his career. We always had a good relationship and I hope we can carry on where we left off.”

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