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Fourie available for Bok selection

  • 22 Oct 2013
Jaque Fourie playing for the Kobelco Steelers Jaque Fourie playing for the Kobelco Steelers

Jaque Fourie has a clause in his new contract with the Kobelco Steelers that will allow him to be picked for the Springboks.

The centre had previously made himself unavailable for the Boks while he was playing club rugby in Japan.

'I have signed another two-year contract that will see me through to 2016,' Fourie told Kyodo News. 'But there is an option that allows me, if selected, to go back and play for my country.'

Fourie has discussed a possible return to the Boks with his club.

'I made sure the club was 100% behind my decision and they were very happy to agree,' he said. 'So come next year, if all goes well, I will be playing Test rugby.

'The World Cup in 2015 would be my fourth and I set myself a goal of playing in it when I came here. It's a goal I am working towards and I want to be in the best possible condition.'

Fourie praised the Japanese system for giving him a new lease on his career.

'My goal when I came here was to prolong my career and give myself another two or three seasons,' he said. 'We play 20 to 25 games a year here, not 40. So it's much easier to keep your body fresh as Fourie [du Preez] and George [Smith] proved.'

'I aim to be in the best possible condition of my life come 2015.'

Photo: Japan Rugby Magazine

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