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Willie le Roux has over 90 Springbok caps to his name. Image: Shaun Roy/BackpagePix

Le Roux on Springboks’ depth: ‘We can’t get comfortable in jersey’

Fullback Willie Le Roux has given a perfect explanation of why there’s no room for complacency for the 33 players in the current Springbok squad.

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Willie le Roux has over 90 Springbok caps to his name. Image: Shaun Roy/BackpagePix

Le Roux is realistic about his role in the Springbok squad for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and has revealed why a player of his experience is getting limited game-time at the tournament.

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NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY IN SPRINGBOK CAMP

Despite being one of the most experienced players in the squad with 89 Test caps, Le Roux has had to share his No 15 jersey with Damian Willemse, who is looking more and more likely to make the starting spot in that position his own.

And if it is to the benefit of the Springbok team, Le Roux is more than happy to share the fullback responsibilities, saying with such good depth in the group, no one could take their place in the team for granted.

“On a personal note, I just want to do my best, enjoy myself and to try to make the team win,” said Le Roux. “We have such great depth in the team, one cannot get comfortable in a jersey. We keep pushing one another to get better.”

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The Springboks are expecting a “brutal” battle against Tonga in their final Rugby World Cup pool match in Marseille on Sunday, and have emphasised the importance of being accurate on attack and defence to book a place in the quarter-finals.

The Boks are second on the log in Pool B on 10 points, four behind Ireland who lead the group on 14 points.

Tonga are in fourth place without any points after suffering defeats against Ireland and Scotland – two of the strongest teams in the pool on the world rankings – but the Boks are not leaving anything to chance to book their place in the top eight and they are determined to get their campaign back on track and to build momentum after going down 13-8 against Ireland last weekend.

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“It’s a big week for us against Tonga,” said Springbok fullback Willie le Roux.

“This is knockout rugby for us and it’s going to be brutal because they have some big guys playing for them.

“It’s going to be a physical match and I think there’ll be some sore bodies after the game. Our defence will have to be up for it because they have players that can spark anything from anywhere.”

The match at Stade de Marseille kicks off at 21h00 on Sunday and will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

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The Springbok team to face Tonga at the World Cup. Photo: @Springboks/X