SA pair back in training with Montpellier

Montpellier – South Africa pair Ruan Pienaar and Johan Goosen have returned to
training with French Top14 outfit Montpellier after six weeks out, the
club announced on Monday.

Pienaar, a 2007 World Cup winner, has not played since February as he
returned home following the death of his sister in a traffic accident.

Goosen has 13 Test caps to his name and has been recovering from a foot problem he suffered a month and a half ago.

The 88-time Springbok Pienaar rested for the whole period in South
Africa and head coach Vern Cotter said the scrumhalf was unlikely to
feature against Agen on Saturday.

“Because he hasn’t done anything physical, his first aim will be to
get back on form in the space of three weeks, then if the team needs him
he’ll bring all his experience with him,” Cotter said.

Goosen — who had retired from the sport in 2016 before joining the
Top 14 runners up last summer — is also a doubt for this weekend’s

France back-rower Fulgence Ouedraogo will miss the fixture due to a calf issue.

However, Francois Steyn is set to feature after sitting out the victory over Pau last Saturday with a thigh issue.

Montpellier, who have South Africa internationals in brothers
Bismarck and Jan du Plessis in their squad, sit in a surprising ninth
place in the table six points away from Bordeaux-Begles in the last
end-of-season play off spot.


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Publish date : 2019-04-01 16:19:00

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