Le Roux next on the shopping list

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Super Rugby on 30 Apr 2013 at 08:00
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He may not currently be in Heyneke Meyer’s plans for Bok selection, but exciting Cheetahs utility back Willie le Roux is certainly causing excitement wherever he goes and now appears to have the foreign big spenders reaching for their cheque books.

Le Roux, who is contracted to Griquas until 31 October this year, apparently has offers from both Japan and France worth big money and will need to weigh those up against the benefits of his current arrangement, which sees the Cheetahs Super Rugby team pay a hefty proportion of his salary. According to a report in Beeld, Griquas CEO Arni van Rooyen is preparing a big counter offer which should make remaining in Kimberley a more attractive option, but the reality is that it is unlikely that any deal there would compare financially with the foreign offers.

What is perhaps most worrying about this development, though, is that le Roux is only 23 years old. Gone, it seems, are the days when a player who had made his name playing Test rugby for the Boks would be lost to greener (i.e. richer) pastures abroad in the twilight of his career. Now, we are seeing younger and younger players poached, in their prime, on the basis of a good Super Rugby season or two and the consequences for the game in South Africa in general – and the Spirngboks in particular, could be dire.


  • Psirngboks – was this intended to show just how messed up the Boks will become if this continue? 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.04.13 08:15:26 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I just saw the head line and thought the Sharks trying to buy Willie – just to be disappointed

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.04.13 08:16:51 by Bokhoring Reply
  • He’s going to make a pile of money.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.04.13 08:53:51 by PTAShark Reply
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  • hehehe….rushed day Rob. You still got Spirngbok wrong. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.04.13 08:57:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 2) : 😀 exactly so! I also am as busy as anything, was not going to read a single blog entry, saw the heading on my twitter (which I look at as I sip tea) and my resolve died and came on to read only to be really disapointed.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.04.13 09:34:13 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • He isn’t a complete package and clearly doesn’t enjoy tackling, but given his attacking ability and youth, I think his constant sidelining is silly.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.04.13 09:54:22 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : He could be the ideal player to bring on as a super-sub at Bok level.

    However he does not really fit into how HM wants his teams to play = so he would probably be a poor choice for the current Bok environment.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.04.13 10:18:21 by Bokhoring Reply
  • The fact that Meyer snubbed le Roux sums him up as a coach – conservative and unwilling to embrace creativity. We will go nowhere with this man as our coach. We will continue to see conservative selections and a 10 man game plan.

    We have a gem in Willie le Roux being overlooked by a coach who lacks vision – very sad. If Meyer had any substance, he would be having that chat with Willie this week.

    Wake up Meyer, move with the times. Hell I dread to see the selection of our first Bok side this season.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.04.13 10:55:42 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 8) : I couldn’t agree more. Last year was the first year in a very long time that I could willfully walk away from the TV and not watch the Bok games.

    It was always the same game plan and the same result. The lower ranked teams couldn’t match the forwards physicality which pushed them back and forced penalties for our flyhalves to kick for points and the wins. The higher ranked teams, ala All Blacks and Wallabies worked us out and could play to their strengths while being able to limit our opportunities because they knew exactly how we play and what our players were instructed to do before they even did it.

    This year will be no different. We’ll do well against the minnows coming in June and then pummeled in the Rugby Championship coming 3rd again. Heck, Argentina might be able to pull off an “upset” us once and then they’re 3rd and we’re 4th.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.04.13 11:02:18 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 8) : 1 word my friend – AMEN.

    In my opinion (and it might sound odd) a player like le Roux doesnt need a set position. He should be given freedom to roam as he does for the Cheetahs. Pops up when he sees a gap. He is an instinct player and should be allowed to play as such.

    That being said, where would you play him??

    @Butchie34 (Comment 9) : so true..and this year (so far anyway) the Wallabies are basically at full strength in terms of injuries so it will be even worse.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.04.13 11:21:43 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @Butchie34 (Comment 9) : Yep, we were awful last year, but for that match against Oz. Hell we struggled to beat a depleted Irish side, Scotland and England on the EOYT – hardly surprising when our insightful coach thought the likes of Guthro Steenkamp and CJ v/d Linde were going to answer our prayers.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.04.13 12:54:39 by Saffex Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 10) : Easy decision, play Willie at fullback. On attack he can roam and join the line where he likes……on defence he can launch counter attacks from deep

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.04.13 12:56:02 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 12) : Works for me…and importantly he is an extra flyhalf. So he can step up when the starting 10 is in the ruck or injured or whatever

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.05.13 10:20:38 by pienaar111 Reply


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