Fourie happy to be a team player

 Aug 07,2013
Written by: Julia Harris

Deon Fourie may be viewed by many as flanker rather than a hooker, but the man himself insists he'll do whatever is best for his team.

Having ended the Super Rugby season wearing the number six jersey, he'll once again don it for this season's Currie Cup. Adept at playing six, seven or two, Fourie refuses to call his switch to the flank a permanent one, instead pointing to the needs of the team as the primary motivator.

"I think I'm quite settled there at the moment. It works at the moment for me to be there," he told SA

"But for instance this weekend I'm still covering hooker, so it's what works for the team and I don't have a problem with it."

Fourie's rise as a flank came about as a result of his fetcher-like activities while playing at hooker, and he reveals that the two positions certainly compliment each other.

"The way the game is going, the hooker is your fourth loose forward," explained the 26-year-old. "So I think that my flank background helps me when I'm playing at hooker and hopefully my hooker attributes will help me at flank."

Stormers and Western Province coach Allister Coetzee last week expressed his opinion that if Fourie is to achieve Springbok selection it would be as a flank and not a hooker. Fourie is not quite as convinced, insisting that international honours are not on his mind as he makes his way on the side of the dcrum.

"We'll see when I get selected!" he joked. "I don't know what will happen, my main priority right now is just focusing on keeping the Currie Cup trophy at Newlands."

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