Fourie vs Lions begins

The contractual battle between Jaque Fourie and the Golden Lions Rugby Union began in Johannesburg on Monday.

Fourie wants to be released by the union so that he can sign a new deal with Western Province. The Lions argue that the Springbok is signed until 31 October 2010, but the contract states that the centre is employed as a technical advisor and not a player. However, the Gauteng union feel this should not matter and believe that Fourie should see out his commitment.

Fourie and his legal team, led by his attorney Frikkie Erasmus, and the GLRU and their legal representatives were all present for the first meeting. Fourie’s agent Peet van Zyl will testify on Tuesday.

The parties are expected to resolve the matter by the end of the week.

If Fourie’s case is successful, WP are reportedly keen to use his services as soon as his suspension he picked during the Tri-Nations for a tip tackle ends on the 3 October. This would create a personal clash when the two sides meet in Johannesburg on 10 October for the final round of the Currie Cup.