League targets SA schoolboy talent

The Sydney Roosters have signed 18-year-old Paul Roos centre JP du Plessis on a three-year deal.

The NRL club, who are currently last on the log with three wins from 14 matches, have also made an offer to another South African teenager.

‘JP is a quick and beautifully balanced player and will be a real asset to the club,’ Roosters recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.

‘He is considered a rising star of South African rugby so while he will take 12 months to learn rugby league, he has the potential to be a key player for the Roosters.’

O’Sullivan said he planned to attend Craven Week in July to check on other potential signings.

Melbourne Storm’s Frank Ponnissi, a former consultant to the Boks, is also considering whether to scour South African rugby for player talent.

‘The talent is there, there’s no doubt about that,’ Ponnissi said. ‘I know there is an abundance of talent, but I’m yet to be convinced how easy it will be to get players here.’