International rugby legend, Jaque Fourie, has called it quits with International rugby.
Jaque told Union Sports Mag exclusively from Japan: “After much consideration with regards to my current career status, I have decided to not make myself available for any International rugby and have chosen to remain focused on continuing with my current club, Kobelco Steelers. The decision to retire from International rugby was not an easy one but I am looking forward to what the future holds for myself and my family.”
Jaque left South Africa in 2011 to play club rugby in Japan. An absolute legend and gentleman of the game, he achieved a tremendous amount in his career including Try of the year in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
One of the biggest and most skilful backs in the country, Fourie’s 28 Test tries at centre (in 58 Tests in this position, when he played his last Test for SA) is the most by a Springbok in the midfield. At the end of 2011, he had scored a total of 32 tries in 70 Tests, placing him third behind Joost van der Westhuizen and Bryan Habana on the all-time list. Along with Jean de Villiers, he holds the Springbok record for the most Tests as a centre combination (29).
Jaque will continue with his current club, Kobelco Steelers where he and stunning wife, Kelly are relishing their life there.