Rugby Championship

Massive Willie le Roux boost for Rassie, Boks

2018-09-22 15:32
Willie le Roux (Gallo Images)
Willie le Roux (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Springboks and their coach Rassie Erasmus have been given a massive boost with the news that Willie le Roux is available for selection for the upcoming Tests against Australia and New Zealand. 

While the matches on September 29 and October 6 do fall within an official Test window, reports had suggested that Le Roux would stay with his club, Wasps, as per an agreement with Erasmus and SA Rugby.

But, according to Wasps director of rugby Dai Young, Le Roux will be available for his national side.

"If he gets selected, he goes. There’s nothing we can do to stop that," Young was quoted as saying by the Coventry Telegraph.

"We didn’t expect him to be playing. I’d be lying if I said that. Willie felt his international career was over when he came here, we had those discussions.

"South Africa have had a changing of the guard there, and that has changed a lot of things. He’s gone back into the fold and played really well.

"The big thing for him as well, is if he is involved in these next two games, the second game will be his 50th cap, so that is a big incentive for Willie."

Erasmus is expected to name his squad for the two Tests before the end of the weekend.

 

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