Jacobs’ Stormers hopes boosted as Mossie set to stay in Japan – Updated

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 2 Dec 2011 at 08:30
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An overnight report in Die Burger suggests that Stormers and Bok centre Jaque “Mossie” Fourie looks set to turn his back on the Cape Side. Fourie, currently playing in Japan on what was initially a temporary basis, now appears to be about to accept a whopping deal to play for the Panasonic club for the next 2 years.

Plenty of the Stormers midfield planning has been done around the fact that Fourie and Jean de Villiers would be their centre pairing in 2012, with another Bok in Juan de Jongh providing backup. The decision to let a number of promising young centres, including Paul Bosch, Johann Sadie and Tim Whitehead, leave the Cape for other sides now looks set to bite them in the bum, with only two recognised centres in their provisional squad list (assuming Fourie doesn’t return).

Don’t be too surprised to see coach Alister Coetzee strengthen the tone of his overtures to out-of-contract Sharks centre Adrian Jacobs. The 31-year-old, who is spending time with his family in Cape Town, is reportedly looking for some assurances from the Stormers and while Coetzee has already invited Jacobs to train with his squad on a trial basis, he may just find himself now tripping over his feet to sign the veteran, or else end up with an embarrassing midfield hole in next year’s squad.

Update: This has now been confirmed by Fourie’s agent. Statement below:

Hilton Houghton, Jaque Fourie’s agent, has confirmed that Jaque will not be returning to South Africa after his stint with the Panasonic Wild Knights. He will remain in Japan for a further 2 years where he will join Kobe Steel. It is particularly gratifying for Union Sports Group to have been able to secure a contract for Jaque, which is considered to be the most lucrative deal to have ever been awarded to a rugby player for a corresponding period.

“I am so excited to be remaining in Japan for a further 2 years with Kobe Steel. “ Jaque told Union Sports Mag.

Says Jaque: “The Japanese people have been so welcoming and we love everything about the country, including the rugby.”

“Kobe have been incredibly professional, patient and understanding in all of their dealings with me, particularly in relation to my short term stint with Panasonic, so I thank them for that and look forward to enjoying success with the Steelers.”


  • The Sharks and Stormers administrators and recruiters seem to be on about par at the moment!! 👿

    Well done chaps! Make is proud :middlefinger:

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.12.11 08:55:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Certain Lion supporters would definately have something to say about Fourie`s loyalty again . . . 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.12.11 08:58:23 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 2) : who cares about Lions supporters… Oh wait, keep forgetting you’re a closet one 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.12.11 09:07:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • The only good thing that will come out of this for Fourie is that his bank balance will be a lot bigger. The rugby in Japan isn’t exactly the greatest.

    I also think that SARU is to blame in a lot of the Boks leaving. With no Bok coach appointed the players have no clue what is happening with the Boks and why should they commit their futures in SA when there are no guarantees about the Boks.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.12.11 09:17:12 by lostfish Reply
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  • As much as I understand The Sharks releasing Adi my stomach will turn and my heart will break seeing AD in those hoops :sob:

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.12.11 09:19:11 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • I think the player crying the most today is Johann Sadie. His decision to leave the Cape in search of greener pastures has just about backfired.

    Fourie is the biggest of all the blows the Stormers depth charge at centre has taken in recent months but considering they still have a starting combo of Jean-Juan and could use Grant at 12, a fantastic prospect in JP du Plessis for 13(who altho I’ve only seen play for 80min recently, will still put my head on a block for and say that he’s already better than Adi), Berton Classen, the adventureous Michael vd Spuy and crisis management picks in Jacobs or Brache and possibly even Poolman at 13 if push comes to shove, they still have better overall quality and depth in midfield than the Sharks.

    The Varsity Cup will probably cough up some supremely talented Ikey or Matie that was overlooked as well. 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.12.11 09:27:19 by beet Reply
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  • My fear is that we see an out of shape and off the pace Mossie playing for the Boks later this year. But perhaps the next Bok coach will only select local players.

    This could be a huge loss to the Stormers and the Boks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.12.11 09:27:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 6) : Sadie also left for a FAT pay increase that WP said they wouldn’t have paid him.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.12.11 09:29:16 by lostfish Reply
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  • Another reason for going is the frankly ridiculous physical demands that southern hemisphere rugby now places on players. Mossie and most other top boks know that 2 more years of this shit could end their careers.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.12.11 09:39:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Very true rob! and lets be honest…wud u turn down R22mil?

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.12.11 09:42:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Have to agree with you. Fourie du Preez said he was glad he was leaving now for Japan. He’s only 29!!!

    Does anyone know where Paul Bosch went to?

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.12.11 09:51:10 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 11) : Paul Bosch went to Montpellier i think…

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.12.11 10:02:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • @StevieS (Comment 11) : Montpellier

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.12.11 10:03:29 by beet Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : Thanks 🙂

    @beet (Comment 13) : Thanks 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.12.11 10:13:51 by StevieS Reply
  • Come back Frikkie Walsh. All is forgiven.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.12.11 10:24:58 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Wasn’t Fourie only coming back at the end of the Japanese season anyway?

    if that is the case then his availability will be pretty much the same as Peter Grant’s, in essence not a loss to the Stormers but certainly a loss to WP.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.12.11 10:26:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 15) : You have enough props.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.12.11 10:26:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 15) : What about old Morgan Newman. It seemed like he was building a good career for himself in Cape Town linked with Bok callups etc. Next thing de Jongh came along and Newman got thrown out with the trash the next morning.

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.12.11 10:36:59 by beet Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : shit bro… me too!

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.12.11 10:37:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • it’s official. He’s not coming back

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.12.11 11:16:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : 22 mill for 2 years work? Is that the sum? 😯

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.12.11 11:21:18 by CapeShark Reply
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  • “It is particularly gratifying for Union Sports Group to have been able to secure a contract for Jaque, which is considered to be the most lucrative deal to have ever been awarded to a rugby player for a corresponding period.”
    Jerry Maguire – is that you?! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.12.11 11:23:18 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 22) : Show me the money….

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.12.11 11:29:10 by SheldonK Reply

  • @beet (Comment 18) : Morgan Newman was coming through nicely and then I think he broke his leg.After that it was crash ball all day.

    Spent some time in the FS but was not offered a contract.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.12.11 11:50:23 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : I thought rugby players gets payed well, I wount even wake up for only a mill a month……….(in my dreams 😯 )

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.12.11 12:10:40 by Franshark Reply
  • Any player who would turn down 11 million a year would be mal uit sy kop. Might get another two year extension before he retires and he’s close to 50 million richer in the space of 4 years

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.12.11 12:12:17 by Ludz Reply

  • I’m surprised SANZAR isn’t trying to hop into bed with Japanese Rugby with all that money around.

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.12.11 12:23:11 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Huge blow to the Stormers that!

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.12.11 12:55:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @beet: think we shoudve offered jp dup a contract,then?

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.12.11 13:09:41 by bergshark Reply

  • I see Renaldo Bothma signed a 2 year deal with the Pumas

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.12.11 14:53:07 by Zibbie Reply
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  • If I was at the Cheetahs/Lions/Bulls I was sign Bernado Botha. This guy got skill. He has all the skill sets to be a world class winger. Speed, the step, defense and the abilty to get into the right positions. What do you think of him Beet?

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.12.11 15:45:35 by Mocho Reply

  • Can’t blame the guy – if 22 mill is the actual number, he would be nuts to say no.

    Guess WP must be rueing the players released – although they are still much better off than the Sharks.

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.12.11 16:18:24 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 30) : good for him

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.12.11 19:13:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • No qualms with Fourie’s decision.

    He’s givent eh Boks and Stormers his best years, its now time to set himself up for the rest of his life.
    R1million a month is a lot of money, especially when it could en in an instant in this game, more so when you’re playing SuperRugby and 3N every year. Thats puts a lot of strain one a player’s body.

    If we’d done better in the WC this year I think he might’ve thought differently. Was not the case however.

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.12.11 21:50:37 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Also very chuffed for Adi.
    Seems the stars are alignign for his swansong.

    Welcome home boet.

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.12.11 21:51:13 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Bernardo Botha was signed with the Lions but they let him go so he can get a 7’s contract

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.12.11 23:10:22 by Mutley Reply
  • The Stormers will have a potent backline again next year but will they be able to click, maybe Jacobs is just the spark they needed

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.12.11 23:13:33 by Mutley Reply
  • I wonder if he has been bought out of his Stormers contract and for what Price.

    The Stormers have been very quiet on this development.

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.12.11 09:23:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) : he didn’t ever sign one dude

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.12.11 11:04:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : I actually JUST saw that on N24. Stormers have announced he won’t be back.

    Adi must be smiling.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.12.11 12:57:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) :

    Wait. So Jacque Fourie never had a contract with WP?

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.12.11 20:34:33 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 41) : He didn’t sign a new one when his old one expired at the end of this season.

  • Comment 42, posted at 04.12.11 10:10:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • DHL Stormers pre-season training squad
    – Friday, December 02, 2011
    The DHL Stormers pre-season training squad for the 2012 season currently includes the following players:

    Please note the squad is not final and players may be added at any time. The squad will only be cut closer to the competition phase and after the conditioning and tactical phases.

    Gio Aplon
    Reuben Johannes
    Donovan Armandt
    Rohan Kitshoff
    Andries Bekker
    Steven Kitshoff
    Wicus Blaauw
    Berton Klaasen
    Tom Botha
    Siya Kolisi
    Marcel Brache
    Nick Koster
    Schalk Burger
    Adrian Kritzinger
    Nizaam Carr
    Deon Carstens
    Clement Lewis
    Demetri Catrakilis
    Tiaan Liebenberg
    Kurt Coleman
    Hilton Lobberts
    Bolla Conradie
    Frans Malherbe
    Juan de Jongh
    Scarra Ntubeni
    Jean de Villiers
    Joe Pietersen
    JP du Plessis
    Danie Poolman
    Dewaldt Duvenage
    Quinn Roux
    Rynhardt Elstadt
    Louis Schreuder
    Eben Etzebeth
    De Kock Steenkamp
    Nick Fenton-Wells
    Tim Swiel
    Schalk Ferreira
    Ricky Schroeder
    Deon Fourie
    Gary van Aswegen
    Burton Francis
    Gerhard van den Heever
    Peter Grant
    Hein van der Merwe
    Nic Groom
    Michael van der Spuy
    Bryan Habana
    Willem van Wyk
    Brok Harris
    Allister Vermaak
    Yaya Hartzenberg
    Duane Vermeulen

  • Comment 43, posted at 05.12.11 11:30:15 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Geen elgar watts nie..en geen adi jacobs nie… 😐

  • Comment 44, posted at 05.12.11 11:48:27 by bergshark Reply

  • Watts is beseer weet nie van ad nie. Sien ook dat Boland Ricardo Croy het vir volgende jaar.

  • Comment 45, posted at 05.12.11 12:10:04 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Dankie vir die info oom PaarlBok

  • Comment 46, posted at 05.12.11 12:15:55 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 46) : Geen probleem my mater. Ons kry warm nou hier by die Boland se berge.

  • Comment 47, posted at 05.12.11 12:31:58 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Lieflike kaapse berge oom PaarlBok-ja_nee ,die boland kan lekker warm raak!

  • Comment 48, posted at 05.12.11 12:34:11 by bergshark Reply

  • Sien cobras in die one-day final.

  • Comment 49, posted at 05.12.11 12:35:02 by bergshark Reply

  • “Coetzee told Die Burger newspaper that Jacobs did not react to his invitation to train with them, which is the reason for his omission. “

  • Comment 50, posted at 09.12.11 07:48:22 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 50) : Heard that on a radio interview on Monday.
    Mentioned it on a thread yesterday somewhere

  • Comment 51, posted at 09.12.11 08:26:48 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 51) : Coming to Boland?

  • Comment 52, posted at 09.12.11 08:28:06 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 52) : Thought he was too expensive for Boland. Wheres Charlie?

  • Comment 53, posted at 09.12.11 08:32:05 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 53) : Frankryk it is then. Saw Ricardo Croy is running with Boland this year.

  • Comment 54, posted at 09.12.11 08:34:15 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 54) : For reals?Good for him. Will be good to see Croy and Watts battle it out for the Boland ten jersey.

  • Comment 55, posted at 09.12.11 08:55:10 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Why weepee/stormers not having a better look at watts??

  • Comment 56, posted at 09.12.11 09:49:34 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 56) : Injured at the moment.

  • Comment 57, posted at 09.12.11 09:59:57 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok: thanks for the update.watts is an exciting player to watch.thought he’d be in the stormers sr team last year when he moved down to the boland.but was surprised to see him not used.

  • Comment 58, posted at 09.12.11 10:05:34 by bergshark Reply

  • Boland squad updated

    Boland surely the exapmle for Saru if they want to know what needs to be done regarding transformation in rugby.

  • Comment 59, posted at 09.12.11 10:05:44 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 58) : Dunno Boet. These days Boland look like feeding all the SA franchises except the Stormers. Pitty they cant get into the Premier CC league again.

  • Comment 60, posted at 09.12.11 10:07:41 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok: bit of topic: reading 3 other bloggers discussing a natal vs ntvl game in ’80 made me think of my first rugby memories.
    Danie gerber was the first I can recall.
    Then the try of carel du plessis when they played for that south vs north invitation game in 1986 (britain).with players like naas and danie gerber in the team.
    Once agan carel du plessis at newlands versus nz cavaliers when he scored that brilliant try in the corner ( of the dead ball line ) after a brilliant pin point accurate cross kick from naas .can almost still hear the crowd chanting: “nou!nou!nou! “.springboks won the line out in nz 22m.ball to naas,the cross kick ,gerhard viviers screaming over the microphone for carel dup to “duik carel,duik!.”
    And the conbversion from the touchline by naas to make it sa 21 nz 15.goose bumps 🙂
    And one closer to weepee hearts.
    1986 cc final vs tvl .weepee traling but then goggie van heerden scored that great try in the corner again ( with that awesome dive ) and finished it up with a second (where he was swamped by weepee fans ).
    Great memories those.
    And also graham hefer running in a super try for natal against tvl.brilliant.

  • Comment 61, posted at 09.12.11 10:19:30 by bergshark Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 50) : Bad news.
    Would`ve like to see him in action for wp, if only for one reason.

    Wonder what Charlie thinks about it?

  • Comment 62, posted at 09.12.11 10:21:42 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I’m happy for Adi. Go to France and make some money for your older days ahead buddy.

  • Comment 63, posted at 09.12.11 12:14:03 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 63) : Hey man. No game. Could not bring myself to buying console just for 1 game. I’m not really a gamer. Still pondering about a PC upgrade. How much do you know about PC graphics cards + monitors.

  • Comment 64, posted at 09.12.11 12:22:17 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 64) : Those upgrades are always a hassle. You have to find a Graphics card that goes with your motherboard. The newer graphics cards usually works on the new motherboards. So when you are talking about upgrading you might have to replace your motherboard, RAM and graphics card. Much better to buy a console for 2 grand and then you know any game you buy for it will work on it. Don’t play games on my pc at all.

  • Comment 65, posted at 09.12.11 12:29:36 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 65) : Oh yes and on top of that you have to replace your processor that works on the new motherboard. And that’s the real expensive part.

  • Comment 66, posted at 09.12.11 12:41:25 by Ben Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 64) : Dont tell me you are playing TV/Computer games? 😯

  • Comment 67, posted at 09.12.11 14:14:39 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 67) : No, I don’t play TV games. That’s the problem. I don’t have much interest in these games. I just want to play the Rugby Challenge game.

  • Comment 68, posted at 09.12.11 16:23:27 by beet Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 66) : Thanks Ben. I worked out that the min PC changes wud cost at least R5500.

  • Comment 69, posted at 09.12.11 16:24:25 by beet Reply
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  • WTH? According to an article in Yesterday’s Burger, Jacobs has not bothered to respond to the invitation to train with the Stormers and he’s been excluded from the 53man pre-season training group because of this.

    How to sabotage your career 101, unless of course you are on your way abroad.

  • Comment 70, posted at 10.12.11 05:59:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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