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Montpellier confirms du Plessis signings

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 18 Jun 2015 at 09:23
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It’s taken a while to get there (and who knows how much behind-the-scenes wrangling was required), but Boks Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis were finally revealed as Montpellier players yesterday.

The French club, who are in the midst of a complete overhaul in style under the tutelage of Jake White, announced that the hooker and tighthead prop, who emotionally bid farewell to the Sharks last Saturday, have each signed a 3-year deal.

With White having signed a raft of South African players since taking over – including Pierre Spies, Jacques du Plessis and Wiaan Liebenberg from the Bulls and another Shark in scrumhalf Cameron Wright – questions are being asked in France about the inevitable culture change at Montpellier, considered an important nursery for French players renowned for the characteristic flair that has come to epitomise the Gallic style of play.

White’s way, as always, will rather emphasise forward dominance and rigid structure, with a kicking flyhalf in WP man Demetri Catrikilis more likely to feature than mercurial French pivot Francois Trinh-Duc. It remains to be seen just how viable a strategy this turns out to be long term, in a place where style is valued every bit as much as results.


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