Japie Le Roux
Full names: Jacobus Samuel Raubenheimer
Date of birth: 21 Aug 1882
Place of birth: Paarl
Schools: Hugenote, Wellington Paarl Gimnasium
Springbok no: 94
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.8m, 79kg
Date of death: 4 Mar 1949 (Age 66)

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Jacob le Roux : EJL Plateneur

JACOB S. LE ROUX (Gardens and Western Province) was born at Paarl in 1883, and is the elder of the two brothers playing in the South African team. He is tall and well proportioned, standing 5 feet 11 inches, and weighing in condition 12 stone 6 pounds. He is a very strong runner, dodging in a wonderful manner, and frequently gets through the opposition where a faster man would fail. On the defence he is perhaps seen at his best, for he tackles brilliantly, stops rushes of the forwards in determined and daring fashion, fields well, and kicks finely to touch. He is very versatile, and can, although really a left winger, play on either wing, taking his passes very well with either hand, and on the tour he was most useful, being able to take either Stegmann's or Loubser's place, and he proved a prolific scorer. He learned his early football at Paarl, but proceeded to Stellenbosch in 1899, and he acquired the science of the game under the tuition of Markotter. In 1902 he assisted Stellenbosch to win the Grand Challenge Cup. In 1903, on joining the Civil Service in Capetown, he joined the Gardens, and materially strengthened that club in the third line. The comparative weakness of the Gardens outside the scrum threw a lot of work on his shoulders, with the result that he developed into a magnificently resourceful player. In 1906, the back play generally of Gardens having improved, his work became more finished, and he showed up so well that he gained his place on the wing for Western Province. Stegmann's accident in the tournament was his opportunity, and he made 'such good use of it that he was selected for South Africa as one of the wing three-quarters, and his play in England has more than justified his choice.