Bees Roux to prop up Lions pack
Bees Roux might make his return to South African rugby in a MTN Golden Lions jersey during this year’s Currie Cup. Johan Ackermann, Lions head coach, confiurmed that the GLRU is looking to gain the services of Roux as they are looking thin in this area.
“We are selecting him for rugby and no other reason. He is a prop that is available coming back from abroad,” Ackermann said.
“We are in a tight spot as there are no other players that are not under contract, so we’ll pull him into the group and see how he goes.”
Roux was handed a suspended sentence for the beating to death of Tshwane metro police officer Johannes Mogale in 2010. He was also ordered to pay R750 000 to the family. They have since sent letters to Roux offering him forgiveness.
“We have two letters dating to 2011 and 2013 where the parents and the family personally give their blessing to him to play rugby and they even want him to play for South Africa,” Ackermann said.
“This gave us somewhat of a positive outlook because they (the family) are willing to forgive and forget and to give him a second chance in life.”
With JC janse van Rensburg leaving the union to join Bayonne and Julian Redelinghuys injured, the Lions are spread very thin.
“We are looking to borrow another prop from somewhere as we actually only have three fit props in Ruan Dreyer, Jacques van Rooyen and CJ van der Linde,” Ackermann said.
Many might not agree with the decision, but Roux was and still is a good prop. The Blue Bulls sacked Roux after he pleaded in the trail. They claimed breach of contract. He took up a contract with Bordeaux Eagles in France before moving to Treviso. His contract expired at the end of the 2012 European season. The Lions decision to look at Roux came after they saw the letters from Mogale’s family.
He will play for the Lions in the Currie Cup if a deal can be struck between the parties.
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