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Flanker Hendre Fourie living the England dream

Hendre Fourie
Fourie replaced Lewis Moody with 14 minutes remaining

Leeds Carnegie flanker Hendre Fourie believes England can overcome in-form Australia on Saturday at Twickenham.

Fourie will once again be on the bench this weekend, after he came on as a substitute in the defeat to New Zealand to win his first cap.

Fourie told BBC Radio Leeds: "I think we did really well against the All Blacks. Now we have found our feet and bonded much better as a team.

"You saw that in the second half. So now it's onwards and upwards for us."

Fourie added: "As a team we know it is about winning. Rugby is a confidence game, so getting the first win against Australia at the weekend would be a big boost for the team and make the unit even stronger.

"The game against New Zealand was the first time we've played together as an England team since June, while Australia and the All Blacks have played lots of matches during that time.

"So despite the defeat and the resulting disappointment we still took lots of positives from that game..

It feels like I am going to wake up any second now and come out of this great dream. So as long as I keep sleeping then it will be fine and the dream will continue.

Hendre Fourie

"We know if we train well this week we can be even better against Australia."

The South African-born back-rower qualified through residency for England last year and went on to play for the Saxons last season.

That led to his inclusion on England's tour of Australia in the summer.

However a calf injury suffered in their opening warm-up match meant Fourie missed the reminder of that tour

Despite missing the whole of pre-season due to the injury and playing in a struggling Leeds outfit, Fourie has managed to keep his international ambitions alive.

Fourie explained: "It was awesome to make my debut. I was very nervous when heading to the stadium. But once you are in the changing rooms and strapping up then it started to feel like a normal game.

"It was very enjoyable once I got on and I want more of that now. The crowd was awesome. It's the biggest crowd I've ever played in front of and they created so much noise.

"If you didn't want to play more of that then there is something wrong with you.

"Now I've made my debut I think I'll be more confident going into the Australia game."

Just two seasons ago Fourie was playing in the Championship with Leeds and he admits his quick rise from that to international rugby has taken him by surprise.

"I can't fathom it really. Something I sit on my bed in the hotel and think where am I, what am I doing.

"It's just so surreal to me and just means so much to me to be here. It's unbelievable.

"I would take a start anywhere and against anyone for England, hopefully that will come during the Autumn internationals at some point."



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