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50th Up for Willie ‘Messerschmitt’ Le Roux

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We normally do not do this but just because Americano have given us so much joy with his comments on this site and his 1000% support for the man we thought to give him more to smile about. Lets hope Willie can do his bit and help the Boks to upset the All Blacks.

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Willem Jacobus le Roux (born 18 August 1989). He is a versatile back-line player who generally plays as a fullback or wing, though earlier in his career he played mostly as a fly-half.

He plays for the South Africa national team and for Wasps in the English Premiership.

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.

He left the Cheetahs after the 2015 Super Rugby season to spend some time playing in Japan with Canon Eagles before joining the Sharks for 2016.

In August 2016, English Premiership side Wasps announced Le Roux would join them in January 2017 after finishing his commitments with the Canon Eagles.

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.

On 14 June 2014, Le Roux produced a man-of-the-match performance to help South Africa beat Wales during the 2014 incoming tours, scoring a try and providing three assists.

In 2014, he was one of five nominees for the IRB Player of the Year award.

Willie will be playing his 50th test for the Springboks against the All Blacks.

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  1. So Awesome Bunny!
    ALL SA youth coaches should bookmark this- make no mistake about it-
    Historical Document
    & send to their players for future reference.
    Make it a book even….”From Griqua to Glory”
    Lol.

  2. Yes Americano – you might be onto something. Someone though that game. Where is Hansie?

    I can’t actually get over that. It is worse than the klusener run out which was deeply scarring

  3. Fkme I’m going fishing after that.

    Seriously has anyone seen a test match like that or am I just pissed ?

    Gone fishing – see u in 4 weeks soos oom Dawie

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