Fourie ban reduced

Jaque Fourie’s appeal has seen his sentence reduced by a week.

While upholding the decision as to the breach, the Sanzar Appeals Committee found that in all the circumstances the penalty was inappropriate and amended the sanction so that the player was suspended from 14 September up to and including 3 October 2009.

The tackle was condemned and in breach of IRB Law 10.4 (i), but Fourie will only miss three Currie Cup matches in total instead of the initial four.

According to’s sources, Fourie has not been training with the Lions and may yet join WP for the climax of the competition.