Le Roux’s move to Sharks confirmed

Date published: June 2 2015

The Sharks have confirmed that Cheetahs and Springbok full-back Willie Le Roux will join them for the 2016 Super Rugby season. 

Capped 25 times for the Springboks, Le Roux boasts an impressive try-scoring strike rate with seven touch-downs in Test matches and a notable win record of 76% at international level. 

Confirming his signing, The Sharks CEO John Smit said: "Willie is an excellent acquisition for the Sharks. 

"He is a game-breaker who has shown on numerous occasions his class and ability to turn defence into attack. He will certainly strengthen and add great value to our backline. 

"We are delighted that he has accepted our offer to ply his trade in Durban and look forward to welcoming him to The Sharks family." 

Le Roux, who has played for the Cheetahs in 56 Super Rugby matches, will be the second high-profile Cheetahs player to swap Bloemfontein for Durban.

Last week, utility back Joe Pietersen announced that he would leave the Bloemfontein-based franchise after signing a two-year contract with the Sharks.

Meanwhile, the Cheetahs received some good news when it was revealed that Le Roux has recovered from the ankle injury which has kept him on the sidelines for the past six weeks.

He will be available for the Cheetahs' final two Super Rugby matches of the season against the Waratahs and Bulls.