Lions and South Africa Rugby refuse to lie down in dispute over Franco Mostert’s move to Gloucester Rugby



  • May 30: Signing announced

    Gloucester confirm the signing of Franco Mostert for the 2018-19 season from the Lions.

    Mostert says: “I’m excited about this move, because it’s a new chapter in our lives.”


  • May 30: Lions dispute signing

    Within hours of Gloucester’s announcement, there are reports in South Africa that the Lions are contesting the move.

    “We are disputing the transfer on the grounds of irregular player movement,” a spokesperson told rugby365com.

    Lions chief executive Rudolf Strauli told Sowetan Live: “We are in dispute.

    “We are contesting it because it is a transgression of World Rugby’s player movement regulations.”


  • June 7: Vaughan defends move

    Stephen Vaughan tells Gloucestershire Live that the Lions have not directly contacted the club over the Mostert dispute and insists the club have done nothing wrong.

    He says: “The reality is we’ve done the same in terms of signing Franco than we have with every single player and every other club does exactly the same thing. There’s been so many precedents set anyway.

    “I understand their angst and their frustration at losing certain players. We’re not in a situation where we’ve received anything officially from anybody.”


  • October 10: Lions pursue fight

    The Lions claim they are still in dispute with Gloucester over the signing of Mostert.

    “Franco is still contracted by us and we are still in the middle of a dispute with Gloucester,” chief executive Rudolf Straeuli tells South African media outlet The Citizen.

    “He must honour his contract, with all respect to Franco, but my board told me I must act against Gloucester.

    “His agent had been suspended for three years and it has happened before with Lyon in France, and the second time we said ‘no’.”

    Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann responds by saying he expects Mostert to join the club in November.

    He said: “All I can say is we’ve got the contract and our expectation is for Franco to be here on the 1 November and then we’ll take it from there.”


  • October 26: South Africa head coach unsure

    South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus admits he’s unsure over whether Franco Mostert will be able to play against England at Twickenham.

    Non-English players are not allowed to be released by Premiership clubs for matches that are outside the international window.

    Mostert was left out of a training camp squad ahead of the autumn internationals.

    Erasmus said: “If he is currently a Gloucester player he won’t be available for the English Test match and if he is a Lions player he will be.”


  • October 27: Mostert at Kingsholm

    Franco Mostert watches Gloucester’s Premiership Cup game against Wasps at Kingsholm, suggesting the move is set to go through.

    There are also claims on social media of him being spotted in the city with Ackermann.


  • October 30: Mostert to miss England game

    It is confirmed that Mostert will not play for South Africa against England.

    Erasmus says: “It’s such a touchy thing at this stage, and for him personally, to just settle in at Gloucester, I decided not to involve him for this weekend – for him personally just to settle into his new club.”

    However, Gloucester head of academy Richard Whiffin also rules out the possibility of Mostert playing in the Premiership Cup game at Bristol.

    “He’s not been in the building yet, I don’t think anyone has shook his hand so he won’t be playing for us,” said Whiffin.


  • November 12: World Rugby asked to intervene

    It is reported in South Africa that the Golden Lions Union and South Africa Rugby have made a joint complaint about the signing.

    They claim that negotiations began while Mostert was still under contract with the Lions and would not release the clearance certificate for him to play.

    Vaughan reiterates his stance that the club has done nothing wrong and said they could not apply for his work visa or registration until after his contract began on November 1.

    “We contacted Franco the same way we’ve contacted other players since the year dot, the same as every club in every union in the world,” said Vaughan.

    “We are very comfortable with the situation and we’re looking forward to seeing him shortly.”


  • November 27: Mostert joins squad

    Ackermann says that Mostert has arrived and is training with the Gloucester squad after the autumn internationals.

    However, they are still waiting for international clearance to register him to play.

    Ackermann said: “Franco has now joined us. He’s in Gloucester, he’s met the squad, he’s here.

    “He’s played a lot of 80 minute games so we’ll obviously have to manage him and see but we’re confident that he’s got a legal contract with us and World Rugby will hopefully soon give us our clearance that we can register him and get back on the field.”


  • November 30: Mostert is a Gloucester player

    Mostert is named on the bench for Gloucester’s Premiership game against Worcester.

    It is confirmed that the club have received the registration for him to play after it was being withheld by the Lions and it looks like the saga is finally over.


  • December 1: Mostert makes Gloucester debut

    He receives big cheers from the crowd as his name is read out before the game and again when he runs onto the pitch with eight minutes left of Gloucester’s win over Worcester.


  • December 3: Lions refuse to give up

    There are reports in South Africa that the Lions have sent a strong request to World Rugby, asking them to reconsider their decision.

    They are allegedly unhappy that Gloucester announced Mostert would be joining them while he was still under contract with the Lions and reportedly wanted a transfer fee to let him go.

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