3 January 2012

Following his enforced retirement, Sale Sharks’ back-row, Hendre Fourie, said:

“I’m obviously very disappointed to have to end my playing career. I hoped to continue playing for a few more years and was determined to force my way back into the England set up having been injured in our last warm up game before the Rugby World Cup in 2011, but it wasn’t to be.

“It’s been an horrible 15 months barely being able to play for Sale and I tried so hard to come back. Even after the first two failed operations I hoped to return playing, but after the third operation I reluctantly had to accept medical advice that I should stop.

“My biggest regret will be that I never had time to repay the faith Sale Sharks and their supporters put in me when they signed me and I would like to thank them for the support they have shown and the way the fans stood by me. I was desperate to produce some really good performances to show them what I was capable of but unfortunately that’s how life goes sometimes and as they say, when one door closes another one opens. I look forward to getting stuck in to whatever new challenges arise and working hard at them like I did in rugby.