Le Roux’s someone to celebrate
- 20 Nov 2013
The new issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale Wednesday, looks at how Willie le Roux has sparked the Bok backline this year.
Le Roux was the Boks’ most exciting back in the Rugby Championship, scoring three tries and giving the team a much-needed attacking edge.
When SA Rugby magazine last featured Le Roux, he had just played against Italy, Scotland and Samoa in the June quadrangular series. While he had done well in the first three Tests of his career, he admitted the true test of his ability at this level would come in the Rugby Championship against the world’s best.
Le Roux would go on to pass that test with flying colours while playing at fullback against Argentina and on the right wing against the All Blacks and Wallabies. He came into his own in Brisbane, when the Boks claimed a bonus-point win, and at Ellis Park when they scored four tries again.
In this issue of SA Rugby magazine, senior sports writer Ryan Vrede looks at what Le Roux has achieved this season, his mental strength, and in which position he could settle with the Boks.
The other player on our cover this month is Schalk Burger, who recently returned to the game after an 18-month battle with injury and illness. The flanker, who came off the bench for Western Province in their last five Currie Cup matches, wasn’t selected for the Boks’ end-of-year tour, but he could yet play an important role for them leading up to the 2015 World Cup.
Also in the new issue:
– Pieter-Steph du Toit has built on an impressive rookie season to become another in a growing line of exciting Springbok prospects
– New Sharks director of rugby Jake White returned from Australia a humbled rugby man
– Jonathan Kaplan on his best and worst performances as a referee and what he remembers about his first, 500th, 1,000th and 1,037th matches
– What is former Springbok flyhalf Jannie de Beer up to now?
– John Mitchell looks at how New Zealand rugby’s system puts the All Blacks first
– Every Springbok coach since 1992 has had to deal with immense pressure and face obstacles outside the game
– How the Sharks bounced back from a disappointing Super Rugby campaign to win the Currie Cup
– We select a Saffas in France XV made up of those who excelled for their clubs in October
– Former Bulls loose forward CJ Stander is starting to make an impact for Munster
– Former Kings flank Cornell du Preez has been in good form for Edinburgh and could go on to play Test rugby for Scotland
– Fifteen-a-side players need time to adjust to sevens, according to the Blitzboks’ Cecil Afrika
– Sonny Bill Williams is so good he can decide who he wants to play for – and when
Boks must set sentiment aside
The Springboks cannot afford any sentimental selections when the 31-man World Cup squad is announced on Friday, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
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