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WP to lose another young star

2012-06-27 07:48

Cape Town - Another young star is set to leave Western Province and the Stormers, with lock Quinn Roux reportedly heading to Ireland.

Die Burger was reliably informed that the 21-year-old Roux will join Leinster at the conclusion of the Super Rugby tournament.

Roux was a star for Western Province is this year's Vodacom Cup, helping them win their maiden title with a final win over Griquas in Kimberley.

Roux was schooled at Affies in Pretoria but came through the WP junior structures from Under-19 level. He was initially touted by many as a better prospect than now Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth when the duo emerged as rising lock stars in the Cape.

Roux made his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers earlier this month against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld He was impressive in his 29 minutes on the field as the Stormers upset their arch-rivals 19-14.

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Comments
  • master.payne.73 - 2012-06-27 07:53

    Eish! WP Management!

      spookhuis - 2012-06-27 08:18

      Master.payne.in da @ss, these players have agents and are advised by them. The more money the player earns, the more money the agent earns. Sport is a business.

      master.payne.73 - 2012-06-27 08:19

      Maybe, but hey, WP Management have let plenty of promising players slip the last few years. If they knew this guy was a better prospect than Eben Etzebeth, why didn't they give Quinn more playing time with the Stormers? I know Quinn was injured as well, but he played really well in the Vodacom Cup. I mean, Eben has started almost every game this year. They are playing him into the ground!

      master.payne.73 - 2012-06-27 08:27

      Spookhuis, hou jy daarvan in "da ass"?

      jason.children - 2012-06-27 08:30

      Guys you miss a very important issue when these youngsters make these decisions. He would have asked were he stands in the Stormers set up, and right now he is behind Bekker, Etsebeth and Elstadt! So he has to go somewhere where he will get a start! Its a business thing!

      liam.cross.7 - 2012-06-27 09:25

      i see you WP boys are starting to inherit our Sharks management problem...(Pienaar, Russell, Steyn, Kockott, Barritt, James, Waylon MUrray, Gerhard Mostert, Muller) MY ADVICE - FIX ISSUE NOW BEFORE YOU CANT STOP THE DOMINOE EFFECT

  • geoffrey.stokker - 2012-06-27 07:55

    Who edits these stories?? The Currie Cup hasn't even been played this year, it's after Super Rugby!!

      orrinf8 - 2012-06-27 07:59

      it's the vodacom cup that was won .. somebody needs to stop the VIM snorting..

      willie.uys - 2012-06-27 08:58

      Wake up Geoffrey!!

  • ljmostert - 2012-06-27 08:08

    Rugby authorities must help young rugby stars to plan their career and prepare for life after finishing rugby careers. This is bad because these guys now 'wants to squeeze as much as possible' (money) out of the 10yrs of rugby life!

  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-27 08:09

    They throw around the word 'Star', like it's actually the truth.

  • johan.joostesnr - 2012-06-27 08:16

    And Handre Pollard is snatched up by the Bulls as well. What is going on there in the Cape?

      Jco - 2012-06-27 12:10

      Johan, it is 'how' the unions buy and atrack young players. I think some unions are sharper in identifying young players! Example, Roux played for Affies, he was in Pretoria, played for the Bulls at school. Bulls did not give him a contract and Province took him under 19 and now he is on his way. Pllard again plays for Province and now he is maybe moving to the Bulls. Both unions contract players but it seems that the difference is identifying the right players, sign contracts and keep them. Even we like it or not I think the Bulls and Sharks know how to go about and other provinces must learn how to do it right. Obvious Province got it wrong and Bulls correct to let him go after school.

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-06-27 08:24

    Cant compete against the pound or Euro,good luck youngster,come back a better player

      jason.children - 2012-06-27 08:34

      cant compete for starting time against Bekker, Etsebeth and Elstadt! As soon as duane and Schalla are back Elstadt will be looking at lock relief of the bench!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-06-27 08:38

      Morning Boet You are correct in what you are saying.De Kock Steenkamp is also in the mix.

  • conway.reynolds - 2012-06-27 08:28

    Can anyone expect anything else? Sport in this country has lost. It is not the best player that gets selected but the darkest skin. Any person with two braincells to rub together should get out of the country and start overseas. Good luck to those who have the guts to do it

      jason.children - 2012-06-27 08:37

      positive much?

      MaakdieBulle - 2012-06-27 10:20

      @conway.reynolds ,you should stay in South Africa, obviously you don't have two brain cells! Idiot

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-06-27 08:38

    Another terrible loss foWP / Stormers.....hot on the heels of CJ Stander....even our young , future superstars leaving our shores now....and not a solution in sight...very frustrating.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-27 10:15

      @Grant - it looks a little like Ireland are buying a team for the next World Cup! These guys sign three year contracts with the Irish sides. That leaves a year [I think] to be legible to play for their national side. The two players you mention will be around 25 then, reaching their prime. This is a big worry not only for the Stormers but more so for the Boks!!!

  • Boereroo - 2012-06-27 08:43

    What do you expect with the weak SA currency?

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-27 08:51

      It's got nothing to do with currency. He saw the light and then he chose a club where he might actually win some real trophies.

      Boereroo - 2012-06-27 08:59

      Is that why CJ Stander and van Veldse is leaving for Europe too?

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-27 09:12

      Ouch! I walked straight into that one.

      Neutedop - 2012-06-27 09:36

      Hahaha, Glad you admit that one Harold. But with Steenkamp (24) Elstead (22) and Eben (21) all infront of him in the pecking order, no union will be able to come close to a Pound offering.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-27 10:18

      There is some serious banter here, Harold I'm afraid Boereroo is 1-0 ahead ;-). On a serious note these guys leaving is not good for the Boks. They could be tempted to play for Ireland, having lived there for three years. We are at risk of losing promising youngsters who should be playing in the Bok side in four years. This is when Schalk, Duane, etc may consider retiring.

  • ulrich.holtzhausen.9 - 2012-06-27 09:38

    This guy should be the number 4 for the Stormers/WP and Etzebeth the No 5 (as he is reportedly being coached for by the team in the Cape) that way we will have another Bakkies/Matfield combination that hail from the same province which means better cohesion than starting two locks for the Boks who come from different provinces. Also, Andries Bekker is about 28 and seemingly quite injury prone. He should only be a bench option alongside Elstadt. Then you have two locks of which one is also a loosie on the bench.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-27 09:42

      Don't worry about a combination. The Boks have Kruger and van der Merwe.

  • dustin.dewet - 2012-06-27 09:43

    It's a pity, WP should rather have let Bekker go. He never realised the potential everyone knew he possessed and he gets injured far too often to be of any real value to a franchise. WP could have had 3 young, quality locks available but once again they place more value in reputation than actual potential. With the current WP administration it certainly doesn't help that he is white. Roux, if given the right backing could be a real Bok contender, but with the ongoing incompetence of WP adnministrators you can't really blame the guy for leaving. Hope he earns a sh&tload of money, perfects his game whilst abroad and then comes back to SA to help the Bokke.

  • francis.o.lai - 2012-06-27 09:56

    What a pity! We must really stop losing all of these young stars, He is still young enough to be able to qualify to play for the Irish national team too. Sad day.

      MaakdieBulle - 2012-06-27 10:28

      @francis, losing is in the Stormers blood

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-27 10:38

      Second nature.

      Jed - 2012-06-27 11:39

      Yep that's why we man handle the Vlou-nulle.

  • greg.townes.5 - 2012-06-27 10:51

    Nooooooo. But it is a professional sport.

  • sulaiman.galant.7 - 2012-06-27 11:42

    Why don't they get rid of De Kock Steenkamp and keep Quin Roux.

  • Jco - 2012-06-27 12:32

    It is 'how' the unions buy and attrack young players. I think some unions are sharper in identifying young players! Example, Roux played for Affies, he was in Pretoria, played for the Bulls at school. Bulls did not give him a contract and Province took him under 19 and now he is on his way again. Pollard again plays for Province and now he is maybe moving to the Bulls. Both unions contract players but it seems that the difference is identifying the right players, sign contracts and keep them. Even we like it or not I think the Bulls and Sharks know how to go about it and other provinces must learn how to do it right. Obvious Province got it wrong and Bulls correct to let him go after school.

  • jaan.vanschaick - 2012-06-27 13:26

    SA rugby is leaking young stars….good or bad, difficult to say. Young Roux was an excellent prospect and for all the “wannebe’s” take note that WP invested in him while he was still playing for AFFIES in Pretoria…..not possible!!!!

      SthokoBeeDlamini13 - 2012-06-28 01:41

      It's bad, because these young stars will probably decide to stay abroad. It's no use producing young stars if we don't keep them in SA and groom them to be future Boks. And it's no use in investing in the guy while he was at Affies if he's just going to leave WP and the country in search of better.

  • chris.booise - 2012-06-27 15:44

    Why WP why?

  • keithronald.wildschut - 2012-06-27 21:37

    This is part of professional sports-unfortunately our rand cannot compete with the euro and pound. CJ Stander is also leaving the Bulls. In soccer this migration is normal.

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