Springboks to get Fourie back but not Bekker

Former Springbok centre Jaque Fourie is expected to be available for the Rugby
World Cup but not Andries Bekker due to a change of decision at their Japanese
club.

Thirty-two-year-old Fourie retired from playing international rugby last year
but since he made that announcement he has held discussions with Springbok coach
Heyneke Meyer and has changed his mind.

Fourie and Bekker both play for the Kobe Kobelco Steelers in Japan and it was
expected that Bekker would play for the Springboks as cover for or alonside
Victor Matfield but this has now changed.

Outgoing Stormers coach Allister Coetzee will take charge of the Steelers in
Japan and he says that the club have decided against releasing Bekker to the
Springboks and also a change of heart with Fourie.

“We have decided as a club that Andries Bekker will not be available
for the World Cup, but when it comes to Jaque, we have granted him permission,”
Coetzee told Sport24.

“He does want to play in another World Cup and be part of the Bok challenge,”
said Coetzee.

It is not clear yeat whether Fourie will be available for the Rugby Championship but Meyer would want him back for the tournament to prepare for the world cup.

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