Heinz Schenk
3 minute read
3 Oct 2019
6:40 am

The Springboks’ original super-sub’s deliciously ironic idea to boost Test rugby

Heinz Schenk

Ollie le Roux wants the game to embrace one of soccer's cornerstone rules.

Bryan Habana of South Africa looks on from bench during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Bronze Final match between South Africa and Argentina at the Olympic Stadium on October 30, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Ollie le Roux can safely claim to have been one of modern rugby's original impact players. During a colourful and largely successful international career, the former Springbok prop only started 11 of his 54 Tests. The irony isn't lost on him then that he's proposing a radical change to the sport's rules on substitutes, one that heavily draws inspiration from soccer and to a lesser extent rugby during the amateur era. "I truly believe soccer gets it right," Le Roux, who illuminated the 1999 World Cup with a spectacular centre-like try against Scotland, said. "We've reached a stage where the...