"I didn't know a huge amount about Leinster other than what I had seen on television. I didn't know what to expect, but I was immediately impressed by Michael (Cheika). He had a clear vision for Leinster and he was an impressive personality; very demanding and no-nonsense, but really passionate and knowledgeable (about the game). There was an open door policy where players were empowered to discuss ideas and that helped build up a real sense of loyalty amongst the players.
"He set about a culture of success and he strengthened the foundations around him with some great coaches and a strong backroom team.
"In those early days at Leinster, I wanted to earn the respect of my team-mates. I had arrived in mid-season so the challenge for me was to hit the ground running. I remember those early days playing in a game against Ulster and I loved playing against big, physical teams. I was probably known for - how shall I put it - not being afraid of expressing an opinion and I was a bit of a mouth on the field, but it was all fun and it was because I wanted to command the respect of those around me. The more you talk, the more you have to deliver and thankfully we hit a run of form that brought us the title.
"Something Leinster lacked at that time was probably a bit of confidence which was surprising because there were top quality players there. The onus was on us to step forward and take control of our own destiny. The likes of Mal (O'Kelly), Bernard Jackman and Stan Wright were massive players that year and they really drove us forward. Then out in the backs you had the likes of Felipe (Contepomi) who was a magician pulling the strings for us.
"There were established internationals like Darce (Gordon D'Arcy) and Shane Horgan, while there was an exciting generation of guys like Jamie (Heaslip), Lukey (Fitzgerald) and Rob (Kearney) breaking through who have gone on to be top class internationals.
"Some of our best wins that year came during the international windows when we were sometimes down to the bare bones. We hung in a lot and won some really physical games in places like Musgrave Park against Munster (10-3) and away to Llanelli in Stradey Park (24-10) both of which were in terrible conditions.
"We lived in a nice home in Milltown which was near the training set-up and the stadium and life was very different for my family. We went from vast outback to a big city with those cobble-stoned streets and Dublin was an amazing place to live in. The Irish people couldn't have been more welcoming to us.
"I remember that Dragons game which we needed to win to win the League. Earlier in the week I had gone into Michael's office and had asked him about an early release, because there was a chance of taking up a contract with the Stormers for one more season of Super 14 rugby, as it was then. But the pressure was on for me to get back to South Africa and I just wanted to keep on playing.
"The message was clear from him; 'go out and win this game for us Ollie and you can finish up early'. So motivation was really high for me. I remember that final game so well. A packed RDS and a winner-takes-all final for the Magners League title. It was the kind of game all players want to play in.
"The first try I scored that day came from a nice inside pass from Whits (Chris Whitaker) from 5 metres out. For the second one I took the ball and headed straight for the line and all I could remember was Drico (Brian O'Driscoll) screaming 'No, Ollie, no..." because there was probably a better chance for the supporting players. But I was never going to pass up the chance to score again! Thankfully we got the try and the win and the celebrations were so special. There was such relief and absolute joy on the faces of the players and the supporters at the final whistle. It was a great end to a special season.
"I still watch Leinster and always keep an eye out on the results. Players like Sean (O'Brien) and Jamie have shown incredible consistency and maturity and they're big names on the world stage. You could see the talent was there and that if the boys all stuck with it that they'd achieve great success. Thankfully that came true.
"When I look back on the two best seasons of my career I'd have to say the 2005 campaign with the Stormers and that 2007/08 season with Leinster."
*Ollie le Roux joined Leinster in 2007 and though he made just 19 appearances (scoring 4 tries) over the space of a season and a half, he became a cult hero amongst Leinster followers after a series of stirring encounters during the victorious 2007/08 Magners League title charge. He also re-signed for a spell during the following year's Heineken Cup campaign. Over the course of his career he played for the Natal Sharks, Durban, Free State Cheetahs, Central Cheetahs, Bloemfontein, Leinster and the Stormers. He also represented the Springboks 54 times. Now retired, the chicken farming entrepreneur and entrepreneur recently completed an Ironman triathlon and he lives in Bloemfontein with his wife Mariska and their three daughters Mia, Chloe and Donna.