Bernard Le Roux

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Bernard Le Roux
Bernard Le Roux in Ascrum kit in 2008.jpg
Date of birth (1989-06-04) 4 June 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Moorreesburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 116 kg (18 st 4 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
–2008 ASRV Ascrum RC ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2009
2009
2009–
Boland Cavaliers
Border Bulldogs
Racing 92
4
?
118
0
(?)
(10)
Correct as of 17 October 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012– France 32 (0)
Correct as of 23 June 2018

Bernard Le Roux ([bɛʁ.naʁ lə ʁu]; born 4 June 1989) is a South African born-French rugby union player, who currently plays flanker for French Top 14 side Racing 92.[1][2]

As indicated by his family name, Bernard Le Roux has French roots. On 11 July 2013, he stated to the French sport newspaper L'Equipe : « I've done some research, my family originated from the Nantes area. They first moved to Belgium and then to South Africa, a few centuries ago.»[3]

Career[edit]

Bernard's rugby career started out when playing for amateur club side A.S.R.V. Ascrum in Amsterdam. In 2009, he represented the Boland Cavaliers in the 2009 Vodacom Cup, where the Cavaliers finished sixth in the Southern Section. He played in just 4 matches that season, all of them brief appearances from the bench. In addition to the Cavaliers, he spent some time with the Border Bulldogs during the 2009 Currie Cup First Division, in which the Bulldogs finished fifth in the Division.

Le Roux was tempted by Rugby World Cup winning coach Jake White to sign with the Lions for the 2010 Super 14 season. However, a call the night before he was due to sign the Lions contract convinced him that a short-term medical wildcard contract with Racing 92, then known as Racing Métro, would be better – with the aim of perhaps signing with the Lions after the stint was over.[4][5] However, Le Roux explains that he "fell in love with the country, the culture and the rugby environment", and remained on with Racing Métro after his short-term contract.[6]

He signed a three-year contract to start with, but a call up to the French senior squad for the 2013 French tour of New Zealand, being eligible through residency laws, was too tempting to decline, and a re-sign with Racing Métro was inevitable after the tour with 'Les Bleus'. He made his first appearance for France when playing against Super Rugby side the Auckland Blues on 11 June 2013. He started in what was a 38–15 victory.[7] Le Roux made his test debut 4 days later in Christchurch, starting and playing the full 80 minutes in a 30–0 defeat to the All Blacks.

Since being named in that 38-man squad for the All Blacks tour, Le Roux has featured in every French squad Philippe Saint-André has announced, with Saint-André "looking to build something for the next World Cup" (the 2015 Rugby World Cup).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bernard Le Roux Profile". Itsrugby.fr. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Gray, Wynne (5 June 2013). "Rugby: French recruit learning by the numbers". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Aurélien Bouisset, « Le Roux, coeur Bleu » [archive], sur www.lequipe.fr, L'Équipe, 11 juin 2013 (consulté le 11 juin 2013)
  4. ^ "Rugby: Bernard Le Roux, le Sud-Af voit la vie en Bleu". 20 Minutes. 
  5. ^ "Le Roux lives the dream under new flag". sportal.co.nz. 
  6. ^ Tucker, Jim (6 June 2014). "France flanker Bernard le Roux turned down Springboks chance and ready to rip into Wallabies". The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Australia. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Second-string France prove Test class". ESPNscrum. Retrieved 17 October 2015.