South Western Districts flyhalf Nel Fourie, 25, has retired – and that has left coach Phil Pretorius with a huge dilemma on the eve of the Currie Cup rugby season.
“We desperately need a replacement for him,” Pretorius said in a report on IOL.
Fourie was this week advised by doctors to quit after he suffered severe concussion on six previous occasions during his career.
This is a huge blow for Pretorius, who admits his time is running out to qualify for the top eight competition.
“We need a quality flyhalf who can kick as well. Without Fourie we don’t have a reliable kicker in the side. In our friendly match against the Blue Bulls on Friday evening, we missed about all our kicks.
“Therefore we need to rectify the problem as soon as possible,” Pretorius said.
A solution could be young Western Province flyhalf Ismaeel Dollie, who seems to be out of favour with Rassie Erasmus.
Dollie was apparently told by Erasmus earlier this week he was free to leave if he was not prepared to be a understudy to Willem de Waal and Peter Grant in the Currie Cup competition.
Pretorius was not prepared to speculate on this possibility.
Pretorius said that Fourie will act as his kicking coach in future.Tweet