Racing coach hits out at Goosen
Cape Town - The chances of Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen moving to Western Province appear all the more likely following scathing criticism from his coach at Racing Metro in France.
According to the Rugby Rama website, Racing’s coach, Laurent Labit, has accused Goosen of not attending French classes the past five months as well as not taking things serious enough at practice.
“His contract still runs for two years, but he knows he’ll have to change his attitude. If not, then there’s a good chance that he won’t be here for a third year of his contract,” said Labit.
“You expect a player of his age to be more serious about things. We allowed him to adapt in the first six months because he is still young, but you have certain expectations of a professional player. He’ll have to pull up his socks if he wants to play.”
The 22-year-old Goosen is not the No 1 flyhalf at Racing and has also been utilised at fullback by the Parisian club.
And with All Black pivot Dan Carter also set to join Racing on a three-year deal after the Rugby World Cup, Goosen would in all likelihood struggle to hold down a starting spot.
Netwerk24 earlier this week reported that Western Province were interested in luring Goosen to Cape Town.
However, with Goosen still having two seasons left on his contract with the Parisian club, WP would have to fork out a lot of money to sign him.
Should Western Province prove successful in their attempts to lure the former Cheetahs pivot, he would be a welcome addition to their squad, especially with Demetri Catrakilis leaving for Montpellier in France after the completion of this year's Currie Cup competition.
Catrakilis's back-up, Kurt Coleman, is struggling to impose himself, while the other flyhalves at the union - Robert du Preez, Ernst Stapelberg, Jean-Luc du Plessis and Brandon Thomson - are still inexperienced.