Fourie is going nowhere – Lions
LIKE fellow Springbok centre Wynand Olivier, whose name had also been linked to Western Province and the Stor mers, Golden Lions centre Jaque Fourie will continue to play for the Johannesburg-based franchise.
The Golden Lions Rugby Union yesterday confir med Fourie has a fixed-term contract of employment with the union until October 31 next year.
The Blue Bulls recently announced Olivier’s contract extension until the end of the 2011 season, thus ending speculation that he would replace WP centre Jean de Villiers – who has signed for Irish club Munster – in Cape Town later this year.
The GLRU confirmed in a statement that they will not be releasing Fourie from his contract and that “until today we have not received any request from Western Province to enter into negotiations with Jaque Fourie.”
In terms of South African Rugby Union’s and the International Rugby Board’s regulations it is expressly prohibited to induce or attempt to induce any contracted player who has a written agreement with a union, unless prior written consent of that union has been obtained.
“Western Province is, therefore, inducing a breach of contract.
“The GLRU believes that rugby contracts between Unions and players must be honoured and respected.
“There should be no tolerance when it comes to contractual breaches, whether by other unions or the player,” the statement concluded.
However, it has been reported that Fourie’s lawyer, Frikkie Erasmus, has notified the GLRU of the centre’s intention to take up a contract with Wester n Province, and that Fourie’s current agreement with the Gauteng union is not a valid contract. – Sapa