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Jeez Mossie, a “no thanks” would have worked too

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 27 Nov 2014 at 10:21
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Jaque Fourie has become the second Bok veteran to announce his retirement from the Test scene this week, with the 31-year-old outside centre ruling himself out of next year’s World Cup, in favour of staying with the Kobe Steelers in Japan.

Afrikaans daily “Beeld”, which last month proclaimed that Fourie was all but a dead-cert to join the Sharks ahead of Super Rugby next year, have done a hasty about turn this morning, trumpeting the news of his retirement as a scoop and conveniently brushing the previous story under the carpet.

While negotiations between Fourie and the Sharks certainly did take place, my feeling is that the player’s heart was never really in such a move; Fourie made his intentions clear when he first took up the Japanese deal and had, effectively, retired from the Boks a number of years ago before Heyneke Meyer dragged him kicking and screaming back into the picture last year. Few will forget an out-of-shape and indifferent-seeming Jaque Fourie plodding his way through three test on last year’s end of year tour, when perhaps a promising youngster would have benefited more from the experience.

This news will certainly come as a blow to Meyer, who had already declared Fourie his first choice outside centre for next year’s showcase tournament. With little depth in the position and an insistence on picking inside centres or wingers out of position, rather than turning to a specialist, the race is now on to find a permanent solution.

As for the Sharks, one gets the feeling that they probably new about this move some time ago, if the decision to give the likes of Paul Perez and Waylon Murray trial runs is anything to go by.


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