Jaque Fourie will join Japanese club, Panasonic Wild Knights, from November 1, 2011.


According to Rugby Week’s website Stormers and Springbok centre Jaque Fourie has agreed to join Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights from the 1st of November 2011.

Fourie will play for the Wild Knights until the end of the Japanese season and will be allowed to return to Cape Town to play for the Stormers in Super Rugby.

The arrangement will be on a similar basis to the one that Peter Grant has as he also plays in Japan and then returns to play for the Stormers.

Fourie has just returned from New Zealand where he played in his third Rugby World Cup.

A Press release said that he was “looking forward to having this experience as part of his illustrious career.”

The move means that Fourie will have little or no down time to rest his body as he will be almost all year with his commitments to the Springboks, the Stormers and Western Province as well as the Knights.

The Knights 2011 squad features former Chiefs pivot Mike Delany and former Waratah Sam Norton-Knight.

Last season Tony Brown played for the Knights before he returned to New Zealand to play for the Highlanders.

The Knights scrum coach is All Black scrum coach Mike Cron.

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  1. Why does WPRU go along with these deals where players play as and when they like … S15 in this case? Tell the guy to bugger off and use what you already have. Knights + Stormers + Boks … and then these players are quick to complain about too much rugby …

    Money talks!

  2. i dont blame him. he plays next to Neverpass and mostly has Burger in his channel.

    He was a much better player for Lions.

  3. Strange how our teams are yet to
    grasp the advantage of a clever
    Saw only three genuine ones in the
    CC semis – all by the Cheetahs.

  4. How many of these ex-Lions players actually lived up to the high expectations at Province? They all seemed to have lost the plot to some degree in CT.

    Schalk Brits wasn’t as good at WP as he was at the Lions. Same goes for Big Joe, Januarie, Jaque. Even Jantjes dipped in form imo. Cape Town lifestyle not good for a player used to the hustle and bustle of Joburg. That Joburg pressure has its benefits.

  5. Reply to Kat @ 4:12 pm: One good CC season for the Lions and
    their form is the guideline?

    Too much rugby for your top players is killing the game and the player…I actually think WP did pretty well this season if you consider the injury’s they suffered during Super 15 and CC.

    Rugby is long time now not about the passion anymore but rather about how much money I can make and were I can make the most.

    The day WP change their management is the day they will have a change of becomming a champion team again……

    There is a simple reason why most young talented players flok to PTA. Everybody wants to play there for the simple reason they knwo that it will give them the best change of being a Bok and that is all because of HM and his structures.

    If you want loyalty get a dog for you will not get it from a player……loyalty from a player you will get with a contract with lot’s of $$$$.

    We will soon see the exit of Lion players again to other provinces and then they will be called “judas” again…. :soek:

  6. Lions will be in the bottom two again this S15, Currie Cup, John Mitchell or not…

    Stormer’s will be in the top-half again… if not the top RSA team again… how they were even competitive with their 5th choice 10 and some 19’s like Poolman being played out of position will bode them very well for next season and is testament to Proudfoot and Nienaber’s work in the forwards and defensive lines on top of their captain’s brilliant season…

  7. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 8:04 am:

    and if they are not? want to start the whole “reds will not win” argument with me again?

    Lions are the immediate future of SA rugby. Get used to it. They play as a team – not as a bunch of individuals. Something long forgotten by Bok rugby.

  8. Got to love the names of the sides in Japan. Did Jaque’s agent explain to him that it is the Wild Knights and not Wild Japanese Nights he is signing up for?

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