Full name Jaque Fourie
Born March 4, 1983, Carletonville
Current age 31 years 327 days
Major teams Barbarians, Lions, Stormers, Western Province, South Africa
Height 6 ft 3 in
Weight 231 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2003-2011||15||13||2||45||9||0||0||0||13||2||0||86.66|
|The Rugby Championship||2005-2011||25||25||0||45||9||0||0||0||13||12||0||52.00|
|Test debut||South Africa v Uruguay at Perth, Oct 11, 2003 match details|
|Last Test||France v South Africa at Stade de France, Nov 23, 2013 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Fourie has represented his country at two World Cups, making his debut at just 20 years of age.
He made a try-scoring debut in 2003 at the World Cup when the Springboks beat Uruguay in a pool match 72-6 in Perth. Four years later he scored four tries on the way to the final of the World Cup in 2007 and he played at the Stade de France as the Springboks beat England 15-6 in Paris to win the Webb Ellis trophy for the second time.
Fourie's dynamic, powerful running inspired a decisive try against the British & Irish Lions in the second Test at Loftus Versfeld in 2009. His score allowed Morne Steyn to later win the game with a long-range penalty.
The Tri-Nations followed and Fourie was again in fine form. He scored a crucial try to end New Zealand's challenge in Bloemfontein and another early on against the Wallabies in Perth. The Boks won the title, and Fourie his 50th Test cap in their sole defeat, to the Wallabies in Brisbane.
A four-week ban for a dangerous tackle on New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu saw his 2009 Tri-Nations campaign end on a sour note and he was handed a similar ban the following year after another questionable tackle - this time on Australia's Richard Brown.
He only missed one game of the Springboks' disastrous title defence but a foot injury picked up on Currie Cup duty for Western Province later that season ruled him out of the end of year tour of Europe.
A long-time servant of the Golden Lions, Fourie switched allegiances to Western Province and the Stormers in 2009.