Springbok fullback Willie le Roux is on the cover of the new issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale now.
Le Roux had an excellent June Test series, sparking the Bok comeback in Nelspruit that saw them score two late tries to win 31-30. After that match, Bok coach Heyneke Meyer and Wales coach Warren Gatland both called him the best fullback in the world.
In SA Rugby magazine, chief rugby writer Jon Cardinelli looks at how Heyneke Meyer and his Bok coaching staff have helped Le Roux to evolve his game since making his Test debut.
Le Roux also talks about the progress he has made and how he now plays the situation.
'What I’ve learned since making my debut is you can’t rely on running yourself out of trouble every time, you have to be able to use tactical kicking to get yourself out of trouble too,' he says.
Also in the new issue:
– Cornal Hendricks became a Springbok because he had the courage to pursue his goals
– Victor Matfield’s Springboks showed character to overcome some significant challenges and produce four outstanding performances over the course of the June series
– Ben Smith, the All Blacks’ new headline act, is the most unassuming of blokes with the most dazzling of repertoires
– Michael Hooper may be one of the world’s smallest loose forwards but he’s worth his weight in gold for the Wallabies
– Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe will be able to concentrate on his own game after losing the Pumas captaincy
– The Junior Springboks fell short of claiming their second Junior World Championship title but there is much to be optimistic about
– Jesse and Dan Kriel played together for the Junior Boks. Now they want to make their mark with the Bulls
– The Springbok Women are determined to improve on their 10th-placed finish at the 2010 World Cup when they travel to France in August
– Eastern Province are eager to show they belong in the Currie Cup Premier Division
– The Sharks expect former England prop Matt Stevens to make a major impact when he returns to Durban in August
– Ex-Western Province and Stormers loose forward Robbie Diack made his Test debut for Ireland in June