Le Roux Roets

Le Roux Roets of the Sharks. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

English club signs giant South African lock: ‘He loves to bang hard!’

English club, the Sale Sharks, have signed giant South African lock Le Roux Roets, who has already made a big impression.

Le Roux Roets

Le Roux Roets of the Sharks. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

South African powerhouse lock Le Roux Roets has officially signed a two-year deal with the Sale Sharks in England, making the move from the Durban-based Sharks.

It represents another player exit overseas, with the 28-year-old having already impressed coach Alex Anderson with his size and attitude.

Le Roux Roets could be a big hit in England

“From the conversations we have had and from what I have seen so far, Le Roux fits our mould perfectly,” Sanderson said. “We have talked about what motivates him and what drives him, and he said he just wants to do the hard work and make others around him look better. It’s not about the Hollywood moments with him and I like that attitude.

“South Africans, culturally and through their mentality, have something in common with the hard-working, no-nonsense, straight-talking northern mentality. It matches up well and I have no doubt that he will be another one who will fit in well here.

“He loves to bang hard and he will add that bit more weight and power to our pack. We’re really excited to get him here to see what he can do.”

‘Excited to make the move’

Le Roux Roets explained why he has opted to take this decision.

“My wife and I are really excited about coming over to Manchester. For my career, it’s time for another chapter and time to experience something different and Sale is the perfect club for me.

“I like to pride myself on my defensive work and my set-piece but I enjoy the attacking side of the game too. I want to be a big presence in the tight five and try and get as much go-forward ball for the team as possible.

“Sale came to me a couple of years ago and I was really tempted by the offer but at the time I didn’t qualify for a work permit. Unfortunately, I did my ACL very soon after that. So when my agent called and said that Sale had come back again, it was a great feeling to know that such a big club obviously saw something in me.

“The Premiership is a really prestigious competition and the pace and physicality of the game will suit me. I can’t wait to give it a go and see what I can contribute.