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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.


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