Jaque Fourie gets his suspension reduced

Springbok centre Jaque Fourie has had a small victory in an appeal against a four match suspension for a dangerous rugby tackle on Ma’a Nonu when the Springboks played the All Blacks in Hamilton on September 12.

Fourie appeared before a Sanzar judicial officer at a hearing held in Hamilton the day after the Tri-Nations test and was found to have made a dangerous and lifting tackle which placed Nonu in a vulnerable position when he landed on his neck and shoulder.

Fourie appealed the four match ban and in a decision released by Sanzar a committee agreed the tackle was a lifting one and in breach of IRB law.

However, it found that in all the circumstances the penalty was inappropriate.

The sanction was amended so that Fourie’s suspension runs from September 14, up to and including October 3, 2009.

This means he will be unavailable for two Currie Cup matches on 26 September and 3 October.


The South African rugby loving public feel that their players have been targeted for special treatment by the IRB and Rugby officials so the reduction in Fourie’s suspension will only support their views.

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