Rugby Championship

Le Roux happy at fullback

2014-08-28 14:16
Willie le Roux (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok fullback Willie le Roux says he has settled in the role coach Heyneke Meyer has entrusted him with.

Le Roux has become a popular player in South Africa since making his Test debut against Italy in Durban in 2013.

His attacking influence has given the Springbok backline an expansive approach as he's played a playmaker's role in a number of tries scored over the past year. He's also scored seven tries in his 17 appearances.

In those 17 appearances, the Boks have achieved 15 victories, emphasising Le Roux's impact in the team.

Meyer has tested Le Roux at wing in four Tests, but he's proven to be more effective at fullback, joining the line on attack at the right times, proving to be a major threat on the counter, showing great composure under the high ball and displaying an impressive kicking game.

"I'm definitely enjoying myself at fullback," Le Roux told the MyPlayers website. "When I first started working with coach Heyneke, he told me to work on my kicking and skills under the high ball.

"That's helped me to do well on the field. He's also allowed me to express myself when the situation is on, which gives me the confidence to play my game."

Le Roux added that the backline players have grown a strong bond.

"Most of us have played together for a while now, so there's good team chemistry," said Le Roux. "It's nice to welcome new faces to the team, like Cornal Hendricks, who's enjoying a great first season with the Boks, and Damian de Allende, who made his Test debut against Argentina."

The Boks have endured a struggling start to the Rugby Championship, stuttering past Argentina to record a 13-6 home win in Pretoria and a 33-31 away victory in Salta.

After a short break since their return from South America, the team was given a short break. They re-group in Johannesburg on Thursday, and Le Roux said they will work on their problem areas.

"The first game against Argentina was very difficult for us because of the conditions. Then playing against Argentina away from home was another tough challenge," said Le Roux. "We are happy to come out with the two wins, but we haven't played our best rugby yet.

"As a team, we will be reviewing our performances and start working on the areas that need improvement. We will correct our mistakes and aim to do much better when we face the Wallabies in our next game."

The Springboks embark on their Australasian tour on Saturday, where they'll face the Wallabies in Perth (6 September) and All Blacks in Wellington (13 September).

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