World Cup winner Fourie set on leaving Lions

Even the involvement of former World Cup-winning coach Jake White will not be enough to keep Springbok centre Jaque Fourie at the Golden Lions.

Springboks‘ centre Fourie has received a number of offers from around the world but it now sees that he made up his mind about where he wants to play his rugby and Western Province could be his new home – perhaps from as early as after this year’s TriNations series.

According to the Cape Times Fourie’s lawyer, Frikkie Erasmus, has requested the Lions to end their association with the Bok centre and release him to join Western Province.

Fourie is also believed to be considering offers from French clubs to join them next season so the Western Province deal is not set in stone.

“We haven’t had a response from the Lions yet, but we are confident Jaque will be released to join Western Province,” Erasmus said on Wednesday.

“The document the Lions are relying on to keep Jaque on board (until next year when his contract expires) is not a contract.”

Ashfak Mohamed reports that WP outside centre Juan de Jongh on Wednesday also said that Fourie was joining WP. But he added that he is willing to take up the challenge of competing for the WP and Stormers No 13 jersey.

“It is now official that Jaque Fourie is coming to us next year, but that isn’t something that puts me back,” De Jongh told the Cape Times.

“If he comes here, I am only still 20 and will learn a lot from him. But I will give my best to take the No 13 jersey from him.”

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