Fourie gets visa reprieve

Former England flank Hendre Fourie has been told by immigration officials that he does not have to leave Britain.

According to The Telegraph, officials from the UK Border Agency contacted Fourie on Tuesday after he revealed he was moving back to South Africa because he thought his working visa had been terminated by the Sale Sharks on his enforced retirement.

Fourie, who played eight Tests for England, believed he had only 60 days from the moment Sale informed the Border Agency in December that his employment had been terminated. But the agency told him on Tuesday that the process had not been started. It also discussed options that would enable him to remain in the UK.

‘We have not curtailed Mr Fourie’s visa at this time and he is not required to leave the UK,’ a UK Border Agency spokesman said. ‘His employment contract with Sale Rugby Club has been terminated and his employer has rightly informed UKBA of this decision. We are considering what action to take next.

‘If an individual’s circumstances change and they no longer meet the terms of their specific visa they can apply for a visa of a different type. Mr Fourie has been informed of the process and the various options available to him. It is entirely up to him if he chooses to explore any of them further.’