Le Roux can ignite Sharks’ back three


Le Roux, the incumbent Springbok fullback, on instruction played a largely conservative role at the World Cup last year, but on the faster grounds of the southern hemisphere he is expected to return to the cavalier ways that made him such a success at the Cheetahs.


His former franchise certainly embraced attacking rugby under former coach Naka Drotske, and the Sharks have said they want to play as bravely, if not quite so recklessly.

Defence coach Omar Mouneimne would not tolerate it.

The Cheetahs scored plenty of tries last year and won many friends, but ultimately lost so much ball to the counter-attack that they conceded more tries than any other team, and came last.

Le Roux has a tender spot for Kings Park, the venue where he made his Bok debut in June 2013 against Italy.

It is also the ground where he played arguably his best Test yet, in 2014, when he scored a try and constructed three others for his mates, resulting in Wales coach Warren Gatland giving him the backhanded compliment of being “the biggest pest in world rugby”.

Now he is taking over the No 15 jersey from S P Marais.

Marais was a star for the Kings in their 2013 season, but turned down a contract to return to them to be a contender on the outer at the Sharks, who released him.

He is still training at the Sharks (with no contract) and holding out hope.

Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo, now 29 and no longer a new kid on the block – heck, he got married in the offseason – is excited about the opportunities that may be flung his way by the flamboyant Le Roux.

“Willie is a world-class player, and with that experience at the back he eases the tension and nerves,” he said.

“As a back-three combination we are very excited in showing what we can do. But it is not just us, it is S’Bura, Odwa Ndungane and the likes who are willing to fit in and just play exciting rugby.” - The Mercury

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