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Thursday, January 10, 2019    Getty Images

The 2m, 135kg Roets has promised to throw his weight around for the side.

Coach Daryl Gibson said the team management had been seeking an aggressive lock to add to his forward pack.

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"We first noticed his talent in the Currie Cup and we have been searching for a big, aggressive and physical player who can get us going forward and [who] excels in the set piece," he said.

"At 135kg, Le Roux fits the profile that we have been wanting to add to our squad. His recruitment will add real competition and depth against our current lock options in Rob Simmons, Tom Staniforth, Ryan McCauley and Jed Holloway."

Twenty-three-year-old Roets follows in the footsteps of former Springbok Jacques Potgieter who had a powerful season with the Waratahs in 2015.
Roets, who spent time with Racing Metro in France, said in a Waratahs video that he knew what he wanted to contribute. "Just bringing my physicality to the side, throw my body around, throw my weight around, hit a few rucks.

"I will bring to the team whatever I can, and learn from them as well. There are a lot of great players here, which is making it pretty interesting. I am trying to fit in and make my mark, slowly but easily," he said.

Roets said he had wanted to win a Super Rugby chance and to be able to do that with the Waratahs was 'amazing'.

"This is a team that has won a championship title and in watching them play in 2018, I cannot wait to be part of them doing even better this year.

"If you not first, you're last so we will try to give it everything on the training field so we can give it everything on the field when we play," he said.

Roets is the first of more signings expected by the side with the next announcement likely to confirm Adam Ashley-Cooper returning after finishing his contract in Japan. Karmichael Hunt is another prospective Waratahs signing.