Former Springbok centre Jacque Fourie has been named the new defence coach for the USA Eagles.
Fourie who won the World Cup in 2007 was one of the best defensive midfield players in his time.
He played 72 times for the Springboks before moving to Japan where he ended his career as a player.
Fourie joined up with the Western Force in 2018 as player / coach but never played for the side. He was a full time coach instead at the Force.
Fourie will join Eagles coach Gary Gold at the start of the Americas Rugby Championship this year.
“I am so excited to be a part of the USA Eagles coaching staff and team in 2019,” Fourie told USA Rugby’s official website.
“They have grown so much in the last year and after playing in three Rugby World Cups myself, I know what a massive honor and privilege it is to be part of one of the biggest sporting events in the world. To do that with this team and as a coach will be amazing.”
USA Rugby’s general manager for Men’s 15s Programmes Dave Hodges is excited by Fourie’s appointment.
“We are thrilled to have Jaque Fourie join our coaching team as we dive deep into the Rugby World Cup year,” he said.
“The defensive coaching position is critically important to us as we work to ensure our team is fully prepared for what will be one of the most competitive World Cups yet.
“Jaque’s leadership skills and ability to relate to our players will be a compliment to head coach Gary Gold’s overall team strategy.”