Springboks Deon Fourie

Springbok veteran Deon Fourie. Image via Twitter @JohnPleasurre

Springboks: If Deon Fourie’s story doesn’t inspire you then nothing will

Deon Fourie was only handed his Springboks debut in June 2022, and now look at him, a 37-year-old Rugby World Cup winner.

Springboks Deon Fourie

Springbok veteran Deon Fourie. Image via Twitter @JohnPleasurre

Deon Fourie only made his Springboks debut in June 2022 and now he’s a Rugby World Cup champion.

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The epitome of a late bloomer, Capetonian Fourie was only handed his first cap in June last year, becoming the oldest debutant in Springbok history. The Stormers man made up for lost time, becoming an invaluable Bomb Squad option with his proactive, aggressive, forward-thinking playing style. He played a pivotal role in the final when Bongi Mbonambi went off injured early in the contest. A timely reminder that it’s never too late to shine.

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South Africa’s Deon Fourie during the Rugby World Cup 2023 final match at the Stade de France in Paris, France. Photo: Mike Egerton / PA via Backpagepix


Fourie returned to the Stormers in 2021 from French side Grenoble following a five-year stint with Lyon. He won URC 1 in 2022, the same year he became the oldest Springbok debutant in history and was then a runner-up in URC2 this year, earning himself an unlikely call-up to the Rugby World Cup squad. He played 76 minutes of the final, replacing Bongoi Mbonambi early in the contest and even captained the side in the closing stages. What a story!

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