Jaque Fourie (born 4 March 1983 in Carletonville, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union rugby player. He was a versatile backline player whose usual position was in the centres. He was a member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup winning team, playing at outside centre for 6 out of 7 matches, including all 80 minutes of the World Cup Final, which South Africa won 15-6.
Jaque Fourie against Fiji
|Birth name||Jaque Fourie|
|Date of birth||4 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Carletonville, South Africa|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) |
|Weight||105 kg (231 lb; 16 st 7 lb) |
|University||Rand Afrikaans University|
|Occupation(s)||Professional rugby union footballer|
|Rugby union career|
Fourie made his international debut on 11 October at the 2003 Rugby World Cup at outside centre for the Springboks against Uruguay at Subiaco Oval in Perth, and scored a try on debut. He also played against Georgia during the pool stages, scoring another try. He was a reserve for subsequent World Cup games against Samoa and the All Blacks.
He next played for the Springboks in June 2004, playing on the left wing against Ireland, which South Africa won 26–17. He played a further three times for the Springboks that year; against England at Twickenham, Scotland at Murrayfield in November as well as a match against Argentina at Vélez Sársfield Stadium in Buenos Aires.
The following year he played in the IRB Rugby Aid Match and was a reserve for the Springboks against Uruguay and France in June, before being included in the Springboks 2005 Tri Nations Series. He played in a further three tests that November. In 2006, he played for the Springboks during the mid year tests and after that he became the first-choice outside centre in the side, usually playing alongside Jean de Villiers (at inside centre).
On 20 October 2007 he won a Rugby World Cup winners' medal when South Africa beat England 15–6 in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final in Paris.
After playing much of 2008 and the 2009 series against the British and Irish Lions off the bench, he was back in the starting team for the 2009 Tri-Nations campaign (won by South Africa). He played his 50th test match for South Africa in a 6–21 loss to Australia in Brisbane on 5 September 2009.
In March 2010 a try scored by Fourie was named as the International Rugby Players Association Try of the Year 2009. The try, scored in the 74th minute of the second Test against the British and Irish Lions in Pretoria in June, sealed a dramatic Series victory for the Springboks.
- "SA Rugby Player Profile – Jaque Fourie". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- Jaque Fourie, foxsports.com.au, 22 September 2011
- Jaque Fourie wins IRPA Try of the Year 2009, IRB, 15 March 2010
- Decent, Tom (6 March 2018). "'Twiggy' launches World Series Rugby, confirms 2018 Force fixtures". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 March 2018.