Castres were crowned Top 14 champions after beating Montpellier 29-13 at the Stade de France on Saturday, writes SIMON BORCHARDT.
Ruan Pienaar kicked 17 points as Montpellier thrashed Lyon 40-14 in their French Top 14 semi-final on Friday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
Ruan Pienaar and Nico Janse van Rensburg starred as Montpellier beat Oyonnax 43-30, while there were also Top 14 wins for Toulon, Pau, Toulouse, Lyon, Castres and Racing 92. In a thrilling nine-try contest, Montpellier ultimately prevailed to come away with a bonus-point victory which extends their lead at the top of the log. The visitors had seven South Africans… Read more →
Grey College 1st XV coach Wessel du Plessis says the school’s partnership with French club Montpellier will not result in a player drain. A benefactor, thought to be Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad, initiated the Badawi Legacy Scholarship Programme last year. Grey College announced on its website that the programme had committed to making the following changes in three areas over… Read more →
Police searched the French Rugby Federation offices on Tuesday as part of an investigation into its president, Bernard Laporte. Laporte is suspected of pressuring the FFR’s appeals committee to reduce a sanction against Montpellier. The French club is owned by businessman Mohed Altrad, who owns the Altrad Group. Laporte was accused of favouritism when it emerged that a company he owns… Read more →
CJ Stander has signed a three-year contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union to remain at Munster until 2021. Despite a reported offer of €840,000 (R12.6-million) from Montpellier to lure the South African-born loose-forward to France, it was confirmed on Thursday that Stander would be remaining in Ireland. ‘Following a lot of speculation and unfounded articles in the media, I am… Read more →
Montpellier have reportedly offered CJ Stander €840,000 (R12.6-million) a year in an attempt to lure him away from Munster. Stander’s national contract with the IRFU comes to an end at the completion of the current European season. According to the Irish Examiner newspaper, Montpellier have launched an audacious bid to acquire the Irish international services should he become a free… Read more →
Bismarck du Plessis was involved in a big brawl at the end of Montpellier’s match against the Glasgow Warriors.
South African prop Justin Ackerman is set to join French club Montpellier in order to provide cover for the injured Antoine Guillamon. Guillamon is set to be sidelined for an extended period after undergoing a groin operation, which has created an opportunity for Ackermann, who has previously played for Western Province, the Golden Lions and the Kings. The 25-year-old could even… Read more →
Montpellier, in partnership with an unknown benefactor, have launched a unique scholarship programme at Grey College.