Springbok outside centre Jaque Fourie has confirmed his retirement from international rugby to focus on his game in Japan.
Springbok centre Jaque Fourie has confirmed his retirement from Test rugby to focus on his game in Japan.
The third-highest try scorer in South African history in Test matches, Fourie scored 32 in 73 Tests for the Springboks over ten years.
Fourie last played for the Springboks in their first win in France for 15 years at the end of 2013, having made his debut in 2003 during the Rugby World Cup against Uruguay.
The 31-year-old had been linked with a return to South Africa with the Sharks earlier this year, but that has now been ruled out.
Fourie struck up an effective centre partnership with Jean de Villiers during his time in Tests and started in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final triumph.
“I thought hard about my career status and decided to focus more on my career with the Steelers Kobelco than to make myself available for international rugby,” Fourie told Die Burger.
“It was a difficult decision to retire from internationals, but I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me and my family.”