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Stormers loose forward Deon Fourie. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky / BackpagePix.

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Deon Fourie is far from done with the Springboks

Despite being left out of the Springboks alignment camp, Deon Fourie still has a lot of fight left in him and is likely to be called later.

21-02-24 12:42
Dean Fourie Stormers
Stormers loose forward Deon Fourie. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky / BackpagePix.

Deon Fourie was undoubtedly one of the Springboks’ unsung heroes at the 2023 RWC, having completed the most remarkable fairytale journey to ultimately achieve World Cup glory.

When the 37-year-old returned to the Stormers in 2021, he openly admitted that earning Springboks selection was the furthest thing from his mind, but he ultimately earned a call-up in July 2022, making his debut against Wales. At the age of 35 at that time, he become the oldest Springbok debutant.

From there, Fourie remained firmly part of the Springboks’ planning, featuring as a substitute on five occasions, while starting once prior to the World Cup.

After cracking the nod for the global showpiece, his role at the World Cup then went from ‘back-up’ utility forward to the second choice hooker after an injury to Malcolm Marx.

In the final, the veteran unexpectedly had to play as many as 76 minutes of the title decider, replacing injured Bongi Mbonambi early in the contest and even captaining the side in the closing stages.

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However, on Monday, when Rassie Erasmus unveiled the names of 43 players for a two-day Springboks alignment camp in March, it was notable that Deon Fourie was missing from an otherwise extensive list of locally-based players.

It should be noted that this will mark the first of three alignment camps before the Springboks put the building blocks in place on the field for the international season, and so there is a chance that Fourie could still be called up later on.

Considering that Stormers veteran will be 41-years-old at the next World Cup, it’s understandable that the Bok coaches may want to look at other younger players, but Fourie is still performing well at domestic level.

The Springboks should still want him to share his vast IP (Intellectual Property) with the ‘next gen’ players, and so it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if he returns to the Bok mix later on in the year, particularly if there are injuries to other experienced hookers such as Malcom Marx or Bongi Mbonambi.

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Forwards: Eben Etzebeth (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Neethling Fouche (DHL Stormers), Johan Grobbelaar (Vodacom Bulls), Celimpilo Gumede (Vodacom Bulls), Cameron Hanekom (Vodacom Bulls), Andre-Hugo Venter (DHL Stormers), Vincent Koch (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Elrigh Louw (Vodacom Bulls), Wilco Louw (Vodacom Bulls), Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), Bongi Mbonambi (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears), Ntuthuko Mchunu (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Salmaan Moerat (DHL Stormers), Ox Nche (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Ruan Nortje (Vodacom Bulls), Evan Roos (DHL Stormers), Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs), Gerhard Steenekamp (Vodacom Bulls), Marnus van der Merwe (Toyota Cheetahs), Ruben van Heerden (DHL Stormers), Marco van Staden (Vodacom Bulls), Ruan Venter (Emirates Lions), Jan-Hendrik Wessels (Vodacom Bulls).

Backs: Lukhanyo Am (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls), Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles), Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (DHL Stormers), Suleiman Hartzenberg (DHL Stormers), Jaden Hendrikse (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Jordan Hendrikse (Emirates Lions), Quan Horn (Emirates Lions), Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers), Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles), Willie le Roux (Vodacom Bulls), Manie Libbok (DHL Stormers), Makazole Mapimpi (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Canan Moodie (Vodacom Bulls), Sanele Nohamba (Emirates Lions), Morne van den Berg (Emirates Lions), Henco van Wyk (Emirates Lions), Grant Williams (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers).

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The Springboks’ July fixtures include two Tests against Ireland and the first international against Portugal in the Incoming Series.

The Rugby Championship, meanwhile, will see the world champions play back-to-back Tests against Australia away before successive Tests against New Zealand at home, and two Tests – one home and one away – against Argentina.