Waratahs sign Roodt for 2 years

SYDNEY - The New South Wales Waratahs said yesterday that they have signed Emerging Springboks lock Hendrik Roodt in a two-year Super 14 deal.

SYDNEY - The New South Wales Waratahs said yesterday that they have signed Emerging Springboks lock Hendrik Roodt in a two-year Super 14 deal.

Roodt, 21, who at 2m and 121kg will add considerable bulk to the Waratahs' forward pack, will join the squad for pre-season training in November.

"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," head coach Chris Hickey said.

"Adding Hendrik into the mix will strengthen the tight five, particularly at the scrum and lineout."

Australian Super 14 teams are permitted to contract a developing foreign player who has yet to represent his native country at Test, Sevens or A-team level and could qualify for the Wallabies after three years of consecutive residency, in line with international rugby regulations.

"As a developing player who has come through the traditional pathways of SA 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," Hickey said.

Last week the Waratahs secured Waikato Chiefs outside back and former All Black Sosene Anesi as their "marquee" foreign international. - Sapa-AFP

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