Smit thrilled with Le Roux signing
Cape Town - The Sharks have confirmed the
signing of Springbok fullback Willie le Roux from the Cheetahs.
Le Roux will join the Durban-based
franchise ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season.
Capped 25 times for the Springboks, this
attacking fullback boasts an impressive try-scoring strike rate with seven
touch-downs in Test matches and a notable win record of 76% at international
Confirming his signing, Sharks CEO John
Smit commented via a press release: "Willie is an excellent acquisition
for the Sharks. He is a game-breaker who has shown on numerous occasions his
class and ability to turn defence into attack. He will certainly strengthen and
add great value to our backline.
"We are delighted that he has accepted
our offer to ply his trade in Durban and look forward to welcoming him to the
Netwerk24 reported earlier on Tuesday that the
25-year-old will join a Japanese club for three months after his 2015 Springbok
commitments are completed, before joining the Durban-based franchise in time
for next year's Super Rugby competition.
In Durban, Le Roux will join Cheetahs team-mate Joe Pietersen, who last week announced that he would join the Sharks on a two-and-a-half year deal.