“Surprised” Ollie eyes 300

Love him or loathe him, you cannot dispute Ollie le Roux’s longevity in rugby union.

Le Roux, a veteran of 50-plus Bok tests, will play his 298th first class game against the Waratahs in the Vodacom Super 14 this weekend — a feat that equal the record for a South African. When he gets to 300, he will be the first South African to achieve this milestone.

Helgard Muller and Vleis Visagie hold the record of 298.

“I didn’t even know about the record,” Le Roux told keo.co.za from Sydney. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s just another game. I’ve been playing for a while now, but I’m loving it more now than when I started. I never ever thought about chasing a record like this, so it has come as a surprise.”

Le Roux has played 92 Super Rugby matches and could take that tally up to 99 by the end of the round-robin section of this year’s competition.

If the Cheetahs sneak into the semi-finals, big Ollie could chalk up the big 100 and join the select club of players to have reached the century mark (Tana Umaga, Anton Oliver, Caleb Ralph, Reuben Thorne, Justin Marshall, George Gregan and Stephen Larkham).

He also played 54 Tests for the Boks, with many of them as an impact player.

Suparugby, meanwhile, reports that former All Black centre Keith Lowen and Samoan hooker Trevor Leota have been included in die Cheetahs’ touring squad.

The Cheetahs play the Waratahs in Sydney and have a tough away schedule with the Brumbies, Crusaders and Chiefs also in the mix.

Cheetahs: Backs: Bevin Fortuin, Giscard Pieters, Sinethemba Zweni, Eddie Fredericks, Ronnie Cooke, Barry Goodes, Keith Lowen, Meyer Bosman, Willem de Waal, Noel Oelschig, Michael Claassens. Forwards: Ryno van der Merwe, Gareth Krause, Frans Viljoen, Ockie van Zyl, Kabamba Floors, Cobus Grobler, Corniel van Zyl, Barend Pieterse, Ollie le Roux, Jannie du Plessis, CJ van der Linde, Os du Randt, Wian du Preez, Trevor Leota and Tiaan Liebenberg.