Hendre Fourie's rise in the English game has been a remarkable one that has seen him go from a part time player in National One to playing international rugby for England.
Leeds’ Player of the season for the 2009-10 campaign gained international recognition in 2010 for England Saxons, making his debut against Italy A. At the end of the season he was called up to the England senior squad for the tour of Australasia, but suffered an ankle injury in the 28-28 draw with the Australian Barbarians and was unable to play any further part in the tour.
Hendre Fourie's signed for Leeds in the summer of 2007 but his career at the club got off to a cruel start when he injured his bicep during the opening minute of his debut game. The injury was to keep him out of the side for almost six months, however when he returned he finally got to show what he could do and proved to be an exciting addition to the team. Over the season he made nine appearances in the starting line up and one at replacement and scored two tries.
In the 2008-09 season he continued where he had left off the previous season and was a driving force in the team's promotion bid. He made 20 appearances and scored 9 tries and his impressive form saw him named as the club's Player of the Year.
Before joining Leeds Carnegie, Hendre had previously played in his home country with South African sides Shimlas and Maties. Hendre then moved to Yorkshire to sign for the Titans after playing with the University of Free State and the Vodacom Cheetahs, where he played alongside former Leeds prop Rayno Gerber. He made his Titans debut on the opening day of the 2005-06 season and played alongside Leeds Carnegie team mates Lee Blackett and John Holtby. He made 19 appearances for the side that year and notched up six tries and was duly named Rotherham's Player of the Year after a barnstorming season.
In the 2006-07 season he was a regular in the Titans' side and again was a stand out player in the 29 games he played for the team. In both matches against Leeds Carnegie that season he made a big impression with two impressive performances that caught the eye of the Leeds Carnegie coaches, who were keen to sign the back rower. In his last season he scored 11 tries and helped the team push Leeds all the way in the race for the National One title.
|DOB||19th Sep 1979|
|Birthplace||Burgersdorp, S Africa|
|Honours||England (8 caps)|