Sale Sharks today announced the signing of England International Hendre Fourie from Leeds Carnegie on a two year deal.  He will join for an undisclosed fee from Sale to Leeds.

Fourie’s rise in the English game has been remarkable in that he arrived in the country in 2005 as a part time National League player and within five years he was an England International.

Hendre played rugby in his native South Africa for Shimlas, Maties, University of Free State and The Vodacom Cheetahs before joining Rotherham Titans. He impressed in games against Leeds and signed for the Headingley based club in 2007. Since then he established himself as a top class player and also caught the attention of the England selectors who gave him a Saxons debut against Italy. He toured with England to Australia last summer and made his England debut last November against New Zealand as a replacement for Lewis Moody. He has so far gained six caps.

Sharks Executive Director of Sport Steve Diamond said:

“Hendre has been chased and courted by several Premiership clubs but we are very pleased he has chosen Sale Sharks. We would like to thank Leeds Carnegie for their help in the transfer of Hendre. He is a great addition to our squad, a player whose work ethic is second to none. Hendre is a tough individual and will fit perfectly into our plans and what we are trying to achieve at the Sharks.”

Hendre Fourie

Age 31
Height 1.83m  (6ft)
Weight 108kg (17st)
Caps 6