The Waratahs have signed Bulls lock Hendrik Roodt in the hope of him qualifying for the Wallabies in future.
The 21-year-old – who played for the Emerging Springboks in last year’s Nations Cup – will join the Waratahs in November as their uncapped overseas player, after they signed All Blacks wing Sosene Anesi last week. Roodt has signed for two years and after three years’ residency, coach Chris Hickey believes he could become another South African to play for the Wallabies.
‘As a developing player who has come through the traditional pathways of South African rugby, we’ve got high hopes that Hendrik may be able to follow in the footsteps of Dan Vickerman and Clyde Rathbone and put himself in contention for national selection once he’s qualified,’ said Hickey.
The Tahs are acknowledged as one of the stronger packs in the Super 14 and Hickey said they are looking to Roodt, a former SA Schools player, to add further impetus to their set-piece play.
‘We’ve looked long and hard for another lock to strengthen our second row stocks and we believe we’ve found that with Hendrik Roodt,’ said Hickey.
‘Adding Hendrik into the mix will only serve to strengthen the tight five, particularly at the scrum and lineout.’
Meanwhile, the Bulls have retained the services of two of their front row men in hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle and prop Dean Greyling. The pair have signed until the end of 2011.