Willie le Roux
|Full name||Willem Jacobus le Roux|
18 August 1989 |
Stellenbosch, South Africa
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|School(s) attended||Hoërskool Strand
Paul Roos Gymnasium
|Playing position||Fullback / Wing / Fly-Half|
|Current club||Free State Cheetahs / Cheetahs|
|2014–||Free State Cheetahs||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 12 July 2014.
† Appearances (Points).
Willem Jacobus le Roux (born 18 August 1989) is a South African rugby union footballer. He is an extremely versatile back-line player who generally plays as a fullback or wing, though earlier in his career he played mostly as a fly-half.
Le Roux was born and raised in the Western Cape and he started his professional career with Boland Cavaliers. He spent 2 years with the Cavaliers, helping them to lift the 2011 Currie Cup First Division title in his final appearance. He moved north to join the Griquas along with several of his Boland team-mates in 2012 and started 9 of the Peacock Blues 10 games during his debut season in Kimberley. After a rocky start in which he was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle on Blue Bulls full-back Jurgen Visser and subsequently suspended for Griquas second match of the season Le Roux established himself as one of the top players in South African domestic rugby.
In July 2013, it was announced that Le Roux had signed a new contract with the Cheetahs until the end of 2015, which also meant that he would play for the Free State Cheetahs domestically from 2014 onwards.
Upon moving to the Griquas in 2012, Le Roux was instantly called up to the Cheetahs Super Rugby squad. He made his debut in Week 1 of the 2012 Super Rugby season as a half-time substitute for Dusty Noble as the Cheetahs lost 25–27 to the Lions in Johannesburg. Despite this early setback Le Roux went on to have an excellent first season in Super Rugby, playing mostly on the wing he scored 7 tries in 16 appearances. His second season proved even more successful as he helped the Cheetahs reach the play-offs with a further 6 tries in 17 matches.
Le Roux was selected to represent the Springboks for the first time during the South African Quadrangular tournament of 2013 against Italy, Scotland and Samoa. He played the full 80 minutes of all three test matches against these teams with distinction, hardly faltering any time at full-back, and contributed to the try-making by joining the Springbok backline in sprints for the opponents' tryline.
He also played an integral part in South Africa's 2013 Rugby Championship campaign, featuring in all six matches. He scored tries in both home and away tests against Australia and in the deciding game at home to New Zealand.
Le Roux started the 2013 end-of-year tests on the bench for the match against Wales, however an injury to starting fly-half Morne Steyn saw him enter to the fray as an early substitute in the full-back position. It was a position he was to retain for the remaining two tour matches. He turned in a particularly impressive display in the 28-0 destruction of Scotland scoring one intercept try and setting up another immediately from the restart for team-mate JP Pietersen.
Test Match Record
Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Tri = Tries Scored, Con = Conversions, Pen = Penalties, DG = Drop Goals, Pts = Points Scored
|1||Australia||Brisbane, Australia||Suncorp Stadium||Rugby Championship||7 September 2013||Won 38-12|
|2||Australia||Cape Town, South Africa||Newlands||Rugby Championship||28 September 2013||Won 28-8|
|3||New Zealand||Johannesburg, South Africa||Ellis Park||Rugby Championship||5 October 2013||Lost 27-38|
|4||Scotland||Edinburgh, Scotland||Murrayfield||End-of-year rugby test series||17 November 2013||Won 28-0|
|5||Wales||Durban, South Africa||Kings Park||Mid-year rugby test series||14 June 2014||Won 38-16|
|6||Wales||Nelspruit, South Africa||Mbombela Stadium||Mid-year rugby test series||21 June 2014||Won 31-30|
|7||Scotland||Port Elizabeth, South Africa||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium||Mid-year rugby test series||28 June 2014||Won 55-6|
Super Rugby Statistics
- As of 22 December 2014
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