Fourie, described in the past as the ultimate team-man, will revert back from flank to hooker when coach Allister Coetzee announces his Super Rugby side for their final tour game against the Reds in Brisbane this weekend.
Due to injuries to both his frontline hookers Siya Ntubeni (calf) and Tiaan Liebenberg (neck) have returned home, Coetzee wasn’t exactly spoilt for choice.
After Schalk Burger’s calf injury also forced him home, it would leave space for both Nizaam Carr and Siya Kolisi to start with Springbok star Duane Vermeulen in a revamped loose trio.
For the bearded Carr, it will be just reward after making telling contributions from the bench over the past few weeks.
“Deon will start as a hooker this week and (debutant) Stephan Coetzee, who joined us on tour last week, will be the reserve,” said Coetzee. “Duane has been playing so well this season and I would not like to move him (from No 8), while Nizaam and Siya will come into contention for places on the side of the scrum.”
Big lock Tazz Fuzani, 23, who made his debut for Western Province in last season’s Currie Cup clash at Loftus, and 20-year-old flanker Sikhumbuzo Notshe – two stars of the Western Province Vodacom Cup team – will probably be thrown into the deep end.
“We have flown over Tazz Fuzani (lock) and Sikhumbuzo Notshe (flank) as replacements and both of them will come in the reckoning for the match-day squad this week,” confirmed Coetzee.
With locks like Eben Etzebeth, De Kock Steenkamp, Rynhardt Elstadt and Manual Carizza already on the injured list back home, they are also stressing over the latest injury to lock Ruan Botha.
“Ruan injured the ankle that was operated on last year and, at this stage, he has a 50% chance of being fit for the Reds’ clash,” Coetzee said.