|Weight||109kg (17st 2lb)|
An ‘adopted’ North Countryman, Hendre Fourie moved to Sale Sharks on a two-year contract this summer after four seasons with Leeds Carnegie. He previously played for Rotherham Titans, qualified for England on residency and toured Australasia with the senior squad in June 2010.
He suffered an ankle injury when making his first start in the 28-28 draw with the Australian Barbarians in Perth and Phil Dowson, of Northampton Saints, replaced him on the trip. Hendre subsequently won his initial Test cap off the bench for Lewis Moody against New Zealand at Twickenham in November. His first start was later that month against Samoa.
Back in his home country, South Africa where he was born in Burgersdorp, Hendre had played for the Shimlas and Maties, along with University of Free State and Vodacom Cheetahs.
His initial English experience involved 23 appearances for Rotherham as a flanker in 2005-06, when he became the club’s player of the year and a cult figure, having impressed as a vigorous tackler and strong ball carrier with secure hands.
An additive of 11 tries the following campaign confirmed his impact. A switch to Leeds brought his introduction to the Guinness Premiership in which he had appeared 19 times when he was chosen in early February 2010 for his England Saxons’ debut against Italy A at Treviso in place of the injured Andy Saull.
It was a distant echo from his initial game for Leeds when he suffered a bicep injury in the first minute of the 2007-08 season’s opener against Gloucester and was absent for almost six months.
On his return, Hendre proved he was a valuable addition to the squad and made nine Premiership appearances in the starting line up as the forerunner to his golden season in 2008-09.
Fully fit again, he showcased his talents in National One and was the club’s player of the season with 20 appearances and nine tries as his side regained a place in the Premiership by winning 28 of their 30 games, scoring 1,238 points in the process.
Hendre had well and truly arrived.
2010 NZ(R), A(R), Sam, SA(R) 2011 It(R), F(R), W
Last updated: August 15, 2011