Lex Botha has re-signed for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
The South African-born 26 year old wing or centre grew up in East London and he eventually moved to Durban to join the Sharks Academy. He progressed to the Sharks U’21s in their Currie Cup competition and also made the Sharks 7s squad.
His first move abroad was in 2015 when he played a season of 1st grade rugby in Australia for New South Wales club Albury Steamers during which he was also called up to the Brumbies Provincial team. He moved to Wales in 2016 to play initially for Builth Wells before moving to Welsh Premiership club Llandovery RFC. In the 2017-8 season, he was playing in Germany for Leipzig.
Lex (6′ & 15st) is quick and powerful and has a productive try scoring record. He joined the Club a year ago but had to wait a considerable time for a visa before being eligible to play in the National Leagues. He made a number of appearances for the Hawks and a few for Sale Jets in 2018-19 and went to start one National Two (North) game and five appearances from the bench in the second half of the season.
He came to Fylde Head Coach Warren Spragg‘s attention through Sale Sharks’ Scottish international winger, Byron McGuigan, as they have been friends since being team mates at the (Natal) Sharks Academy.
Warren Spragg said: “Lex had a crazy, fractured season in 2018-19 and I know he is looking forward to showing everyone at the Club what he is capable of next year.
“He is a strong running, powerful winger who has always scored lots of tries wherever he has played. I am sure that he will play a big part next season and be challenging at the top of the scoring charts.
Lex Botha said: “I’m excited to re-sign with Fylde, especially as the club goes into it’s Centenary year. I’m looking forward to joinjng the boys for next season – it will be an exciting one. Games in Nat2N are so close and go right to the wire, so I can’t wait to get back out on to the field and start playing.”