Fourie vows to prove doubters wrong on Bok return

2013-11-01 00:00

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.

The centre 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 my country. 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 to 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,” said Fourie.

He 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 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 7.30 pm), followed by games against Scotland (November 17 at 5 pm) and France (November 23 at 10 pm).

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

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


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.