VIDEO: Promising South African lock flies the coop
TRANSFER NEWS: Another promising South African lock has decided to take up residency abroad.
The Waratahs confirmed the signing of promising 23-year-old lock Le Roux Roets, who has signed a one-year deal with the Sydney-based franchise for the 2019 Super Rugby season.
In his short representative career, Roets has already rubbed shoulders with All Blacks star Dan Carter and Springbok utility back Johan Goosen – when he was recruited by French Club Racing for the 2016/2017 academy season.
In South Africa, he played age grade rugby and in the Currie Cup competition for the Lions, Bulls and Pumas.
Waratahs Coach Daryl Gibson said Roets brings size and skill to the forwards.
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“We first noticed his talent in the Currie Cup and we have been searching for a big, aggressive and physical player who can get us going forward and excels in the set piece,” Gibson said.
“At 135kg, Le Roux fits the profile that we have been wanting to add to our squad.
“His recruitment will add real competition and depth amongst our current lock options in Rob Simmons, Tom Staniforth, Ryan McCauley and Jed Holloway,” Gibson added.
Roets said he was buoyed by the opportunity to play for the 2018 Super Rugby semi-finalists.
“My goal was to be selected for a Super Rugby team and to have the chance to play for the NSW Waratahs is amazing,” Roets said.
“This is a team that has won a championship title and in watching them play in 2018, I cannot wait to be part of them doing even better this year,” Roets said.