Fourie’s potent energy

Jaque Fourie has sparked the Stormers back to life.

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In the new issue of SA Rugby magazine, former Bok technical adviser Eddie Jones and Stormers backline coach Robbie Fleck analyse Fourie’s game and explain why he – and not the headline-hogging Bryan Habana – is the key to the Stormers’ success this year.

‘Jaque is a fantastic runner off the ball, which means he will pick a line and identify space where at first there doesn’t seem to be any,’ says Fleck. ‘He’s also deceptively quick, so when he hits a hole, he makes it count. He has a good sidestep, but he hardly ever needs it because defenders are beaten by the angle.’

Fourie also talks about his move to the Cape, his dream of winning the Super 14 and Currie Cup, why he hates being rested, and his Springbok ambitions.

Also in the new issue:

– As a white wing, Gerhard van den Heever faces immense obstacles in his quest to earn Springbok selection

Hugh-Reece Edwards on being back at the Shark Tank after a decade in the coaching wilderness

– Former Springbok prop Balie Swart’s mission to save the scrum

BJ Botha on his imminent return to South Africa from Ulster, the country’s scrum troubles, and winning over referees

Brad Barritt: ‘I want to play for England’

– Italy’s SA-born lock Quintin Geldenhuys on the mixed emotions he felt when facing the Boks, and whether he’ll come back home

Refereeing projects could change the way officials and spectators see the game

– From being named IRB U19 Player of the Year to having open heart surgery to save his life, the progression of Crusaders centre Robert Fruean through the rugby ranks has been anything but normal

Justin Harrison was banned for eight months after taking cocaine with his Bath team-mates last year, but the Brumbies have given him an opportunity to make amends

– While a rare neurological disorder has put Andre Venter in a wheelchair, the former Springbok hardman has not lost hope

– PLUS: Jake White on the new law interpretations