Montpellier - South African flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis took
part in training for the first time with French Top 14 side Montpellier under
the direction of compatriot and coach Jake White on Monday.
The 26-year-old, released by Western Province before the
conclusion of the Currie Cup, signed a three-year deal with an option for a
fourth at Montpellier where he will be competing with France international
Francois Trinh-Duc, Australian Ben Lucas and promising French youngster Ilian
Fijian internationals Timoci Nagusa and Akapusi Qera
returned from World Cup duty after their team was eliminated in the pool stage
and also took part in training ahead of Friday's Top 14 game at Grenoble.
Georgian international prop Misha Nariashvili also joined
his team-mates but is uncertain for this week's game after picking up an ankle
injury in Georgia's final World Cup game against Namibia.
Scrumhalf Benot Paillaugue meanwhile confirmed he is set to
extend his contract, which expires next June, for a further two years.
"I'm happy to have the confidence of the president and
the coach," he said. "Even if I've had contacts (with other clubs) my
first desire was to stay."
Paillaugue, 27, has played with the southern outfit since January
Montpellier are second in the Top 14 table, three points
behind leaders Clermont.