Fourie is go­ing nowhere – Lions

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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

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