Willie Le Roux is preparing to make his Rugby World Cup debut on Saturday when South Africa takes on Japan in Brighton. We caught up with the Puma-sponsored fullback in this Question-and-Answer session.
Q: After being out with an ankle injury, how are you feeling physically?
A: Actually I’m feeling great. My ankle has been kept me out of a substantial amount of rugby during the Super Rugby competition, which allowed me to rest up and put a lot of work into my overall conditioning. Now that my ankle is sorted out I’m feeling strong and raring to go.
Q: This is your first taste of the World Cup – what excites you most about this tournament?
A: Well the idea of all the best players in the World, all in the same place, putting it all out there for their country – that’s what every rugby player dreams about!
Q: Pre-match, do you have a specific personal routine – any rituals or superstitions we should know about?
A: Not really, I try not to get too worked up or stressed out and waste any unnecessary energy. My position requires me to stay calm and focused in pressure situation so that’s the approach I try to take.
Q: Who was the first person you told after hearing you had been selected for the World Cup squad?
A: I had to take a moment for myself to let it all sink in. After that I had to let my mom and dad know to get their passports ready – it will be their first time abroad.