French club hunting Ebersohn

    2013-04-08 19:00
    Cape Town - French Top 14 side Montpellier are hunting the services of in-form Cheetahs centre Robert Ebersohn.

    According to the SA Rugby Magazine's website, Montpellier want the 24-year-old to join them after the completion of this year's Super Rugby season, which will be just prior to the start of the next European season.

    However, Ebersohn is contracted to the Cheetahs until November, which means he is scheduled to play the Currie Cup season. Montpellier were hoping for an early release, but the Cheetahs reportedly turned down the request.

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    Ebersohn confirmed the interest from the French club, but admitted he is reluctant to leave as he wants to fight for higher honours.

    "My ultimate goal is to play for the Springboks, and I have to be based in South Africa to achieve that," he said.

    "Montpellier approached my agent a couple of weeks ago, and he passed on the news to me. At this stage, there is no way I can give them a final decision because we're only seven games into the Super Rugby campaign. I also can't join them at the end of Super Rugby, so I don't know if that changes things.

    "If the Cheetahs do really well this season, that will encourage me to stay. (Springbok coach) Heyneke Meyer also encouraged me to keep going. It's well-known that he prefers bigger and more physical players, but he told me not give up. He said he will consider me if I do well consistently."

    Ebersohn starred at inside centre for the Cheetahs against the Stormers last weekend, scoring a try in a last-gasp 26-24 win.

    His twin brother, Sias, currently plays for Australian Super Rugby side, the Force.

    The Cheetahs, who are currently enjoying their best ever Super Rugby run with five wins on the trot, face the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday. (19:10 kick-off)

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