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Lancaster praises Fourie’s winning mentality

04 January 2013

  • Hendre Fourie forced to retire with shoulder injury
  • Stuart Lancaster says winner will succeed in whatever he does in future
Former England flanker Hendre Fourie, who has been forced to retire with a shoulder injury

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Stuart Lancaster has paid tribute to the enduring winning mentality of flanker Hendre Fourie, which the England Head Coach says will serve him well in whatever he decides to do after his rugby career was curtailed early by a shoulder injury.

The 33-year-old Sale Sharks man played under Lancaster at Leeds Carnegie, producing a series of performances which launched the combative ball carrier into the England set-up under then Team Manager Martin Johnson.

Fourie appeared in eight Tests and Lancaster said: “Andre Bester did a great job in identifying and developing Hendre at Rotherham and when I signed him for Leeds he proved to be an outstanding player, showing that by rising to achieve full England honours.

“I am sure that he will go on to be successful in life because he is a real competitor and a winner.”

Fourie’s last England start was in the Rugby World Cup 2011 warm-up victory over Ireland in Dublin but since joining Sale last season he has be restricted to a solitary appearance.

Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond, who has signed former All Blacks flanker Dan Braid as a replacement, said South African-born Fourie’s years of abrasive rugby means his damaged shoulder will not recover sufficiently.

He added: “Unfortunately, Hendre has had to retire. We got the final confirmation last week after taking medical advice.

"As a club we have backed Hendre 100 per cent in his battle to get fit but unfortunately, his shoulder has not recovered. His body has been battered so much that the shoulder won't recover.”