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    Smit thrilled with Le Roux signing

    2015-06-02 14:35

    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 level.

    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 Sharks family."

    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.

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