Springbok Rugby World Cup Winner Bismarck du Plessis left Montpellier a year before the end of his contract, announced the Top 14 club.
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Du Plessis, who won 79 caps for the Springboks, joined the club from the south of France after the 2015 World Cup with his brother, pillar Jannie.
In six seasons in France, the abrasive hooker made 108 appearances for Montpellier, scoring 27 tries, and was part of the squad that twice won the European Cup (2016, 2021).
Winner of the World Cup in 2007 under the direction of former Montpellier coach Jake White, Du Plessis, 37, is one of the 14 players released by the club.
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The compatriots of Bismarck du Plessis Johan goosen, a utility back capped 13 times by the Boks, and an uncapped lock Jacques du Plessis were also released. The two signed for the Bulls in South Africa.
Other parties during the season include former France number 8 Louis Picamoles (Bordeaux-Bègles), promising French under-20 pillar of Irish descent Daniel Brennan (Brive) and Georgian international pillar Levan Chilachava (Castres).
Montpellier finished the Top 14 season in 10th place and next season will count on ex-French skipper Guilhem Guirado, Vincent Giudicelli and Jérémie Maurouard to compete for the hooker jersey.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-09 06:32:41