Bismarck, Jannie to join Jake in France?
Cape Town - The Du Plessis brothers,
Bismarck and Jannie, are set to sign a deal with French club Montpellier, a
report in French media indicates.
Reports surfaced earlier this year that the
Springbok brothers would join Montpellier on a two-year deal after the
conclusion of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but Montpellier denied it
at the time.
However, according to RMC Sport, the double
signing of the Sharks duo is expected to be announced in the coming days.
The Du Plessis brothers are believed to
have respected their earlier commitment despite having some contact with
Montpellier are coached by former Springbok
coach Jake White, who was quoted as saying after their weekend defeat at Stade
Francais: "Big names will be announced in the coming days. To win the Top 14,
you need the best players in the world."
There is already a large South African
contingent at Montpellier.
Shaun Sowerby is White's assistant coach,
while Pat Cilliers (prop), Wynand Olivier and Robert Ebersohn (both centres)
already ply their trade there.
Other South Africans soon to join include Jacobie
Adriaanse (Llanelli Scarlets, prop), Schalk van der Merwe (Lions, prop),
Demetri Catrakilis (Stormers, flyhalf), Jacques du Plessis (Bulls, loose
forward/lock), Cameron Wright (Sharks, scrumhalf/flyhalf) and Wiaan Liebenberg
(Bulls, loose forward).