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Repeated head knocks cause Fourie to retire at 25


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 8 Jun 2008 at 10:20

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.



13 Comments

  • take brad barritt

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.06.08 11:14:40 by blackshark Reply
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  • Im just kiddin julle…obviously rob wont let that happen so the next logical choice is butch james. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.06.08 11:16:37 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 1) : where’s my “Ban button”? :)

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.06.08 12:11:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Then i will just have to come back as superblacksharkstirrer … :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.06.08 13:25:00 by blackshark Reply

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  • Nel Fourie the superstar that was called up to the Bok squad while still in school or whatever!

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.06.08 15:30:32 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 5) : No. That was francois swart. Fourie was his schoolboy nemesis

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.06.08 16:20:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I’m pretty sure Nel Fourie was also included in a Bok training squad either as a schoolboy or just out of school. Might have been under Harry Viljoen….can’t quite remember.

    I recall the Swart one too!

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.06.08 16:38:10 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 7) : Either way, they were two prodigiously talented youngsters who waged a personal battle at schoolboy level. Pretty tragic how neither of them made it, for various reasons.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.06.08 16:43:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • I guess that just goes to show that making it at school level is not a guarantee for making it at provincial level.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.06.08 12:29:24 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 9) : is the converse also true? I was pretty kak at school level, but maybe I could still be a contender… ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.06.08 12:31:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : :twisted:

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.06.08 12:36:45 by Charlie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    For sure…why don’t you go try out for the Loftus test? :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.06.08 12:37:42 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 12) : as what? The ball? :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.06.08 12:38:51 by robdylan Reply
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