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Ollie! Trump card or European PRO?


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Stormers, Super 14 on 14 May 2008 at 07:55
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South Africa’s top rugby players will be foolish if they do not accept lucrative offers to play in the northern hemisphere, says Ollie le Roux.

“You’d be dumb to stay in South Africa once you have made a name for yourself,” the former Springbok prop forward said after training with the Stormers in Durbanville.

“The people over there (in the northern hemisphere) regard you as a hero, there is not so much pressure and the money is unbelievable.

“We have so many good players in South Africa. I foresee that many of them will go abroad. That’s certainly the road to take,” Le Roux said.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Ollie revealed that Leinster had been interested in retaining his services to assist the Irish regional team with coaching.

“I’ll remain registered (as player) over there and if they need me they only have to call,” he said.

“The money I was paid was more than any Springbok contract I ever had. The people over there also appreciate experience. The news media look up to you and don’t try to see when they can retire you.”

Asked what could be done to keep players in South Africa, Le Roux said, “Clermont (a French club) have a budget of 22 million euro (about R260m). You can’t compete with that.

“The big thing is to try to retain what we have and to provide the players with a future.”

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus said on Tuesday Le Roux was not part of his planning for the Super 14 match against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

However, in addition to the expected changes in the front row, Erasmus may also move Luke Watson back to No 8 and start the match with Pieter Myburgh on the flank.

This means Robbie Diack could be among the substitutes.

“Pieter may be on the flank, It’s between him and Robbie,” Erasmus said. “We have not decided”.

Could Ollie be Rassie’s trump card?

Meanwhile Stephen Nell also reports that Ollie le Roux won’t play against the Lions on Saturday but the Stormers have been granted permission to select him for Super 14 rugby if the need arises.

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus said on Tuesday the former Springbok prop forward was not part of his planning for the important match in Johannesburg this week.

However, the SA Rugby Union’s manager of legal affairs, Christo Ferreira, confirmed that the Stormers had been given permission to play Le Roux.

The veteran prop, who played for Leinster until recently, has been released by Irish administrators and has been registered with the Durbanville club.

This means he meets all the requirements should the Stormers need his services this week.

It is also possible that he may be granted permission to play in a Super 14 semi-final if the Stormers qualify for the playoffs.

Erasmus pointed out that he had been saying all along that Le Roux was only helping out. “He is a friend of mine and helped a little with the scrumming today,” the coach said.

“I think we’ll start with Brian Mujati at tighthead prop against the Lions, with Schalk Ferreira at loosehead and Brock Harris on the bench,” he added.

‘Sun would rise for the Stormers again’

Le Roux said on Tuesday Erasmus had asked him to assist the younger players, but he added, “Of course, I’d like to make my debut for the Stormers.”

Le Roux is not surprised by the success the Stormers have enjoyed this year. “I can see that what Rassie has created here is similar to what he did when he was with the Cheetahs.

“When I heard he was coming to Cape Town, I knew the sun would rise for the Stormers again.

“When 45 000 spectators attend a match in wet weather, you are doing something right.”

When he was asked whether the next few weeks would be a pleasant way to end his rugby career, Le Roux responded by saying, “You guys have been asking me about my farewell for years. I have had a few.”

He is certainly enjoying his time in Cape Town, where his father used to play for False Bay.



30 Comments

  • This means he meets all the requirements should the Stormers need his services this week

    This article is either a little misleading or (intentionally?) unclear.

    So Ollie has SARU approval for THIS week. He hasn’t got SANZAR approval for next week.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.05.08 07:50:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Erasmus pointed out that he had been saying all along that Le Roux was only helping out. “He is a friend of mine and helped a little with the scrumming today,” the coach said.

    King of the forked tongue this guy.

    So if he is only helping out why ask for SARU approval? or is he going to “help out” during the match as well?

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.05.08 07:53:29 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : I think we should expect to see Ollie play. Rassie’s games are a frankly a little stupid sometimes.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.05.08 08:58:12 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Good morning guys – I heard on the radio this morning that Ollie will not be playing this weekend? Is that the case?

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.05.08 09:13:08 by Nessa Reply

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  • @Nessa (Comment 4) : That’s Rassie’s story and he’s making such a big song and dance about it that it surely must be true… right?

    I mean, he’s done everything but write it in the sky above Johannesburg.

    Methinks he doth protesteth too much…

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.05.08 09:17:27 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • For sure Rob – it gets a bit tiresome though. Don’t really think it is fair to be able to bring a new player in so late in the competition. Especially someone who didn’t even play for the Stormers before.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.05.08 09:19:10 by Nessa Reply

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  • Hi ness…

    Heard this morning that Ollie is not playing… :?:

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.05.08 09:28:35 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Hi Ice – I also heard that – but Rob seems to think it is just Rassie playing games again and that he will play.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.05.08 09:31:19 by Nessa Reply

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  • @Nessa (Comment 6) : Rassie makes up his own rules. Always has.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.05.08 09:34:06 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Should we organise a public protest??? I have not toy-toyed in a while…am getting withdrawel symtoms…. :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.05.08 09:38:57 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 9) :
    Then how about we get John, Butch and Percy to quickly come and play on Saturday? :twisted:

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.05.08 09:45:19 by Nessa Reply

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  • @Nessa (Comment 11) : What have you guys heard about John?

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.05.08 09:51:09 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Have heard conflicting stories. Some say he isn’t happy there and will be coming back – then I watched the programme that Top Billing had on him and his family in France – and he looked so content. Who knows! He will be playing for the Bokke though – that much is certain – but the Sharks? I don’t know.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.05.08 09:53:26 by Nessa Reply

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  • Me thinks ou Rassie is just keeping all his options open without giving too much away.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.05.08 10:06:21 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Me think Rassie’s “raaisels” are becoming as predictable as Dick moving Steyn to a new spot.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.05.08 10:13:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Nessa (Comment 13) : There was a report in the papers the other day indicating he could be back with us by the end of May! And by “us”, of course, I mean the Sharks

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.05.08 10:16:48 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 16) :

    That would be great. But what would happen to poor Craig then? With John back, Bis would be backup hooker, and Craig? Mind you, with the Bokke going on tour, we would lose John and Bis.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.05.08 10:24:46 by Nessa Reply

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  • Ollie will play!

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.05.08 11:25:20 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 18) : Has that been confirmed?

    BTW, please stop bollocksing up my site with your dodgy HTML! ;)

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.05.08 11:38:03 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • But Rob, I was such an IT-ignoramus before I discovered programcode.co.za – also known as sharksworld.co.za :twisted: !

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.05.08 11:40:40 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 20) : I think you still are ;)

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.05.08 11:45:37 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • But it’s an IMPOREVEMENT, non?

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.05.08 11:47:06 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Why does this sound so familiar to me? :wink:

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.05.08 11:48:20 by Nessa Reply

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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 22) :

    “IMPOREVEMENT”…indeed… :roll: :roll:

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.05.08 12:13:38 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • It certainly didn’t take Ollie long to get back into the media with controvercial statements now did it?

    :roll:

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.05.08 12:42:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : What you thought spending a year in Ireland would somehow make him stop being a po£s? ;)

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.05.08 12:47:10 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 26) :

    :oops: :oops: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.05.08 12:53:40 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 26) :

    With all the Whinging that goes on on the Mud isle he probably just got extra ammo while there. :wink:

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.05.08 12:57:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Ollie is Bollie… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.05.08 07:50:08 by Charlie Reply

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  • good morning charlie

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.05.08 07:51:11 by PJLD Reply
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