Springbok centre Jaque Fourie has revealed that he will not be available to play for the Springboks while he is playing his game in Japan.
Fourie left Western Province to play for the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers in Japan after the Rugby World Cup on a two-year deal that is said to make him the highest paid rugby player in th world.
There has been much speculation over whether he will return to South Africa to play for the Springboks but Fourie has now released a statement through his management - Union Sports Mag which confirms that he is unavailable whilst he is playing in Japan. .
"In light of recent speculation linking me with a return to international rugby with the Springboks I would like to clarify my position.
"I have immense pride and amazing memories of my time as a Springbok representing South Africa," the 29-year-old said.
"After the RWC I decided to a pursue a new chapter in my rugby life and I want to give the same commitment I gave the Boks to my new team Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers, therefore I will not be making myself available for Springbok selection whilst contracted to Kobe. "
Fourie said that he should not be missed to much in the Springboks as there are enough good centres in South Africa to fill his position.
"South Africa has some incredibly talented centres at their disposal and it is their time now. "
"I will of course be watching from afar and would like to wish the new Springbok coaching team and the players all the best for the upcoming international matches. "
Fourie won 69-Test caps with the Springboks and scored 32 tries.