Bernard Le Roux

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Bernard Le Roux
Bernard Le Roux in Ascrum kit in 2008.jpg
Date of birth (1989-06-04) 4 June 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Moorreesburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 116 kg (18 st 4 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
–2008 ASRV Ascrum RC
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008-2009
2009
2009-
Boland Cavaliers
Border Bulldogs
Racing Métro
4
?
116
(0)
(?)
(15)
correct as of 24 January 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012– France 16 (0)
correct as of 21 March 2015.

Bernard Le Roux ([bɛʁ.naʁ lə ʁu]; born June 4, 1989) is a South African born-French rugby union player, who normally plays flanker for French Top 14 side Racing Métro.[1][2] Though Le Roux represents France based on residency, Le Roux's surname did however originate from Nantes, before the named set up in South Africa, his birth country, for many centuries.[3]

Career[edit]

Bernard's rugby career first began out when playing for amateur club side ASRV Ascrum RC in Amsterdam. In 2009, he represented the Boland Cavaliers in the 2009 Vodacom Cup, where the Cavaliers finished sixth in the Southern Section. He played in just 4 matches that season, all of them brief appearances of the bench. In addition to the Cavaliers, he spent some time with the Border Bulldogs during the 2009 Currie Cup First Division, in which the Bulldogs finished fifth in the Division. Le Roux was tempted by Rugby World Cup winning coach Jake White to sign with the Lions for the 2010 Super 14 season. However, a call the night before he was due to sign the Lions contract, convinced him, a short-term medical joker contract with Racing Métro would be better - with the aim of perhaps signing with the Lions after the stint was over.[4][5] However, Le Roux explains that "he fell in love with the country, the culture and the rugby environment", and remained on with Racing Métro past his Medical Joker contract.[6] He signed a three year contract to start with, but a call up to the French Senior squadfor the 2013 French tour of New Zealand, being eligible through residency laws, was too tempting to decline, and a re-sign with Racing Métro was inevitable after tour with Les Bleus. He made his first appearance for France when playing Super Rugby side Blues on 11 June 2013. He started in what was a 38–15 victory.[7] He made his test debut, 4 days later in Christchurch, starting and playing the full 80 minutes in a 30–0 defeat.

Since being named in that 38-man squad for the All Blacks tour, Le Roux has featured in every French squad Philippe Saint-André has announced, with Saint-André "looking to build something for the next World Cup (2015 Rugby World Cup).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bernard Le Roux Profile". Itsrugby.fr. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Rugby: French recruit learning by numbers Jun 5, 2013 Bernard le Roux is one of eight French debutants who will be pushing for a test cap. ... While his name sounds French, le Roux moved from his native South Africa just four years ago and had to learn some of the language quickly to be effective in his preferred sport."
  3. ^ Le Roux, coeur bleu
  4. ^ Rugby: Bernard Le Roux, le Sud-Af voit la vie en Bleu
  5. ^ Le Roux lives the dream under new flag
  6. ^ France flanker Bernard le Roux turned down Springboks chance and ready to rip into Wallabies
  7. ^ Second-string France prove Test class