Retired England flanker forced to return to SA

Former England flanker Hendre Fourie has revealed that he will have to leave England having retired even though he represented England in Rugby at Twickenham.

The Sale Sharks forward had his playing contract cancelled last week after he was forced to retire early due to a shoulder injury.

Fourie has an 18-month old son who was born in England but the South African born flanker has only been in England for eight years and cannot get a visa to stay in England.

The South African played rugby for Rotherham and Leeds before making his move to Sale Sharks and now admits that he has almost no option other than to return to South Africa.

“I can play for England but I can’t get a passport to stay in the country, ” Fourie told the Times.

“If I had remained on a sports people visa for another two years, I would have got residency, but unless someone is willing to give me another contract, that is not going to happen.

“My wife (Corlia) is South African, but my boy was born here and I would like to have stayed here and tried to get a teaching job. There were options to appeal but I would have had to wait another few years before I could get my permanent residency.

“It has been a red-tape nightmare and we just decided it was not worth all the hassle.

“That’s the amazing thing, I am not able to claim any benefits in this country. I have always paid my taxes, have represented England, but I have to leave while you hear how they protect the rights of terrorists.”

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