2007 World Cup-winning centre Jaque Fourie has poured cold water on suggestions that he may return to Test rugby, stating that he will not be available to play for the Springboks for the next two seasons
The 29-year-old has a two-year contract with the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers in Japan which the 69-Test veteran says will not allow him to pull on the green and gold.
“In light of recent speculation linking me with a return to international rugby with the Springboks I would like to clarify my position,” read a statement.
“I have immense pride and amazing memories of my time as a Springbok representing South Africa.
“After the RWC I decided to a pursue a new chapter in my rugby life and I want to give the same commitment I gave the Boks to my new team Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers, therefore I will not be making myself available for Springbok selection whilst contracted to Kobe.
“South Africa has some incredibly talented centres at their disposal and it is their time now.
“I will of course be watching from afar and would like to wish the new Springbok coaching team and the players all the best for the upcoming international matches. “