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Wasps Set To Splash The Cash On Springboks Full-Back

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 07: Willie le Roux of the Springbok during the International match between South Africa and World XV at DHL Newlands Stadium on June 07, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Wasps are seemingly to make another statement of intent with reports indicating that the Coventry based club are poised to sign South African international full-back Willie le Roux.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Willie le Roux of the Springboks looks to beat the defence of Aaron Smith of the All Blacks during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at Westpac Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

In a move that will reportedly see the 34 timed-capped Springbok retire from international rugby and serve as a quality replacement for the out-going Wasps Player of the Year nominee Charles Piutau, Le Roux’s diversity in talent will provide Wasps with a valuable exponent which they will require if they hope to push on from their superb season thus far and continue to compete for titles on multiple fronts.

The 26-year-old began his Super Rugby career with the Free State Cheetahs making 58 appearances for the Bloemfontain side before moving to Japan in 2015 to play with the Canon Eagles then joining the Durban Sharks in 2016.

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 14: Willie le Roux of the Cheetahs during the Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and Cell C Sharks at Free State Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Le Roux’s signing will act as another big name addition to what is billing to be a world class backline next season. This news comes just a week after it was announced that Wasps have put pen to paper in a deal that will see Waratahs and Australian utility back Kurtley Beale plying his trade at Wasps and becoming the highest paid player in English rugby.

Joining Beale at the Wasps next season will be former Melbourne Rebels and Sale Sharks out-half Danny Cipriani who will be returning to his former club having somewhat re-found his form of old with the Sharks.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 25: Willie le Roux of South Africa scores the opening try during The Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2015 match between South Africa and New Zealand at Emirates Airline Park on July 25, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

With such world-class talent joining an already impressive backline consisting of established Wasps stalwarts Elliot Daly and Joe Simpson, and not too mention the increased speculation in circulation linking Wasps with a potential move for Toulon back-rower Steffon Armitage, who yesterday put in a request to leave the southern France outfit, the future is looking very bright for Wasps as they continue to splash the cash.

 

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.