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Free State Cheetahs prop Ollie le Roux will not be playing in the Absa Currie Cup Final, when his side meet the Golden Lions in Bloemfontein next Saturday, October 27.

The veteran front row forward on Monday revealed that the curtain has already come down on his South African career, with his last game having been when he came on as a replacement for the Cheetahs in their 11-6 semi-final win over the Blue Bulls at the weekend.

The 34-year-old Le Roux said he will be leaving this week to start a one-year deal with Irish province Leinster.

“My final game was on Saturday, I’m leaving on Wednesday for Dublin,” Le Roux said.

“I’ve already had my last game, which is a bit of a pity I suppose.”

Le Roux went on to say that the highlight of his career had been the 2005 season with the Cheetahs, when the side – who had come into the Currie Cup competition as underdogs – won the tournament for only the second time in their history.

“My whole experience with the Sharks [over 100 games] was incredible and there have been a lot of great games over the years. There have been so many highs, with the last season at the Cheetahs really adding shine to my time as a player in South Africa.

“The past two-and-a-half years with the Cheetahs have been great and it’s sad to be leaving, but I’m looking forward to the new challenge.”

Le Roux will arrive in Ireland with an impressive resume that includes 68 Springbok Test caps and over 250 first class games – in which he scored nine tries and even kicked a conversion.

After playing for the South African Schools team in 1991 and ’92, he made his first class debut for the Cheetahs (then still just Free State) against Northern Transvaal (now Blue Bulls) in 1993. He made his Bok debut that same year.

By Gareth Green 365 Digital

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