Steval Pumas says goodbye to Doppies le Roux

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One of the Steval Pumas’ senior players, Christo (Doppies) le Roux has decided to hang up his professional rugby boots after a successful career.

The feisty loose forward, who joined the Steval Pumas in 2009, from the SWD Eagles has had 99 games in the Pumas jersey over the six years. He scored 14 tries and had a huge role in the 2010 win over the Blue Bulls here in Nelspruit.
One of his highlights of his career he said was that win and of course his debut for the Golden Lions’ SuperRugby team in 2012.

“The move to Nelspruit was for me absolutely the perfect one. Not only did I get married here, I had the privilege to see my first born here 20 months ago. Yes, through rugby I found a way of finding my true self, especially in the later years of my career. I received an opportunity to further my studies and late this year completed my civil engineering diploma which gave me insight for that day after rugby,” Le Roux explained.

He jokingly said he would rather hang up his boots than to be told to hang them up. “I will certainly miss it, but I have other responsibilities and exciting challenges now. At 29-years of age I will still be playing some club rugby here in the Lowveld and would love to get involve with coaching at a later stage, but for now, my professional career gets first choice,” Le Roux concluded.

Jimmy Stonehouse, head coach of the Steval Pumas said it is a huge loss for the squad, as Le Roux made an impact on and off the pitch. “We’re sad to see him go, but we’re glad for the fact that he can further his career, especially here in the Lowveld. We as coaching staff and management wish him all the best with his new venture,” Stonehouse said.

Le Roux will start his engineering career in Nelspruit with Neda Engineering early in January.


photo: Hennie Homann

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