SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the past weekend’s French Top 14 matches involving South African players.
A round up of what some of South Africa’s leading Sunday papers are saying, including an update on Saru’s transformation plan for 2030.
Springbok and Vodacom Bulls prop Lizo Gqoboka has joined Top 14 giants Montpellier on a short-term loan deal during the World Cup.
Springbok and Vodacom Bulls prop Lizo Gqoboka is set to join Top 14 giants Montpellier on a short-term loan deal during the World Cup.
Castres claimed a thrilling 26-25 win over Montpellier on the opening day of the 2019-20 French Top 14 campaign, while there were also wins for Lyon, Toulon, Bayonne, Bordeaux and Pau.
Lyon and La Rochelle both progressed to the Top 14 semi-finals after claiming wins over Montpellier and Racing 92 respectively.
Montpellier beat Pau 24-15, while there were also wins for Lyon, Stade Français, Perpignan, Clermont and Racing 92 in the French Top 14.
Montpellier flyhalf Johan Goosen has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a foot injury.
Perpignan broke a 15-match losing streak by beating Montpellier 28-10, while there were also French Top 14 wins for Clermont, Castres, Lyon, Agen, La Rochelle and Toulouse.
Edinburgh beat Montpellier 19-10 to finish top of Pool 5 and secure a home quarter-final in the European Champions Cup, while there was also a win for Toulon on Friday.