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R2m keeps Willie at Cheetahs

2013-07-08 09:04

Cape Town - The Cheetahs have been boosted by the announcement that Springbok Willie le Roux extended his contract at the franchise for a further two years.

French and Japanese clubs were hunting the services the fleet-footed back, but his recent inclusion as Springbok fullback made the decision to stay easier.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské confirmed the news to the Volksblad website.

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"Willie has extended his contract as the Cheetahs for a further two years. He is an important player for us on attack and it's great news that he decided to sign with us," Drotské.

Le Roux, 23, will still represent Griquas in this year's Currie Cup before switching to Free State for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

He reportedly had to chose between the Cheetahs, Sharks and Western Province, and according to Volksblad's sources, a massive contract of about R2m was offered by Free State.

The news will be welcomed by Cheetahs fans, who are already celebrating after they qualified for the Super Rugby playoffs for the first time by beating beat the Blues 34-13 on Saturday.

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Comments
  • Harold Lloyd - 2013-07-08 09:09

    The Sharks must be devastated.

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-07-08 09:25

      Harold's always been a trendsetter.

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-07-08 09:43

      Only poor people work.

      Gary Doyle - 2013-07-08 09:45

      Willie is a fantastic player and adds exceptional value to any team but we happy with Ludik and our wings as well. I'm more concerned about the Sharks renewing current player contracts.

      Andre de Leeuw - 2013-07-08 10:02

      lets just hope butch's contract is'nt renewed!!!. maybe put in an offer for dimitri..

      Om Nom Nom - 2013-07-08 10:15

      Kwaa kwaaa kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Sharks, lmao!!! And a BIG thank you to T.O.Y.O.T.A. & P.U.M.A. & all the other sponsors for making this possible... this Cheetah supporter appreciates it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Louis Ferreira - 2013-07-08 10:36

      I support Harold's comments. Adriaan Snyman my man boob friend do you know anything about rugby?

      dono - 2013-07-08 10:38

      Damn right Harold kif name, Willie would be a great asset to any team. Good on you Cheetahs

      Nick Armstrong - 2013-07-08 11:28

      Thank-You Toyota SA for helping 'rugby justice' to be played out - by sponsoring the FSRU like you have - thus enabling them to compete on a financial footing.. :) Where, in the past - the Free State, as a traditionally 'poorer' (financially) union - while being the nursery of SA rugby - has had to lose most of their top players because of higher money offers from the wealthier unions... :) Nice one Toyota SA! :)

      Attie Stone - 2013-07-08 12:45

      Harold, judging by your photo, you looked shocked too....

      Peter Boettger - 2013-07-09 07:56

      Yep Kroeskop Lloyd does not have a Job to attend to

  • Witgemors Werner - 2013-07-08 09:10

    Goeie nuus. Hy sou nog oraait gedoen het by die Sharks, maar die Stormers sou hom net gebreuk het. Hopelik kan ons nog so paar ander spelers ook vir 2 jaar of so teken voor die ander unies hulle shopping sprees begin.

      Louis Ferreira - 2013-07-08 10:38

      Mate you do not make sense? Please explain yourself better?

      Rehan Weber - 2013-07-08 10:47

      he means that the flair will be coached out of him if he plays for the Stormers.

      Witgemors Werner - 2013-07-08 11:22

      What he said

  • Raldo Loots - 2013-07-08 09:12

    Well done. His style of play is better suited to Cheetah running rugby in any case. He gets the freedom of the pitch and can use his flair to create space for other players; not many teams provide this much freedom to a player

      Gavin Van Rooy - 2013-07-08 10:13

      Totally agree Raldo. Lets hope the cheetahs maintain this mindset through out the currie cup and continue in the future. A bit off the point - i would actually like to see a player like Cheslin Kolbe at the Cheetahs. Only union where he will be able to express his freedom. Kolbe and Rhule on the wing with Willie at 15. WP will just waste his talent if they dont change the game plan soon

      Danie Fick - 2013-07-08 10:51

      Very good point Gavin..... But I doubt that the Stormers will let a talent like Kolbe go hey.... Good player

  • Rezaan Petersen - 2013-07-08 09:13

    Worth so much at this young age....not bad for a cheetah.

  • BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-07-08 09:28

    Great news for the Cheetahs, thanks to the Plumtree debacle, the Sharks couldn't match the offer.

  • Keith Ronald Wildschut - 2013-07-08 10:05

    Good for Cheetah rugby.

  • Sean Read Crisp - 2013-07-08 10:05

    Great news for SA rugby. I'm glad he stayed at Cheetahs because I think if he went to WP or even the Sharks his game might have been hindered. Good luck Willie!

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-07-08 10:11

    Nogal baie geld vir so 'n loskop speler. Twyfel of dit die moeite werd is.

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-07-08 10:29

      As jy n vrou het, is haar lewe hel op aarde.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-08 10:43

      Los kop, dan Sao hy mos mooi inpas by die stompies

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-07-08 11:12

      Beter koop as Jantjies.

      Charlton Adonis - 2013-07-08 13:21

      the allblacks and aussies have great fullbacks,now the boks have bred 1 that plays a free flowing game,thanx meyer for allowing him to play his natural game,no more robot tactics with zane who can't think out of the box..if you do pick niknaks,it's early xmas for the allblacks.We can't end 3rd again in a row.

  • Arno Louw - 2013-07-08 10:13

    Not sure, but it sounds like R2mil for 2 years (R1mil per year) and not R2mil per year for 2 years.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-08 10:43

      R2 mil for 2 years

  • Louis Ferreira - 2013-07-08 10:35

    I support Harold's comments. Adriaan Snyman my man boob friend do you know anything about rugby?

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-08 10:44

      No, but he knows lots about trenam's but cheecks

      Louis Ferreira - 2013-07-08 10:45

      hahahaha Good day mate....congrats to your Blue Bulls win

  • Thopa Pep Guardiola Lerutla - 2013-07-08 10:44

    He reportedly had to 'chose" between the Cheetahs, Sharks and Western Province, and according to Volksblad's sources, a massive contract of about R2m was offered by Free State.

  • Rehan Weber - 2013-07-08 10:46

    He won't be able to play his game at any other team.

  • Sht Stirrer - 2013-07-08 11:07

    Brilliant player, but it's gone to his head. His past few games have been awful - he needs to come down to earth again.

  • Smurwe - 2013-07-08 11:59

    if he is worth it. For sure dig deep in the pockets. is he worth it???

  • Jaan van Schaick - 2013-07-08 13:18

    Excellent news!!!

  • WILDSBOK - 2013-07-08 14:56

    Spike. Is dit Spike van Orkney??, Klink so. Jy sal seker beter doen as hy ne?? Bang gat.....

  • Rainer Christian Mücke - 2013-07-09 12:09

    Great News for the Cheetahs... Hope he stays fit...

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