Reports in the French press claim that Springbok front rowers Bismarck and Jannie Du Plessis will join Montpellier after the World Cup.
According to Midi Olympique the brothers are set to be reunited with former Sharks director of rugby Jake White, who joined Montpellier in December.
White is expected to ink a two-deal extension to his initial six-month deal and has already spoken of his desire to bring in a few new players.
The newspaper also claims that Montpellier – who are bankrolled by millionaire construction mogul Mohed Altrad – “obtained several weeks ago the engagement” of the veteran Springbok hooker and tighthead prop, who have always preferred to play together.
The club are also said to be on the verge of signing Brumbies scrum-half Nic White – another of coach White’s former players – “for at least two seasons”.
The Du Plessis brothers have long been the target of European champions Toulon, but the big-spending French giants may have to settle for the signature of Bok number eight Duane Vermeulen, who has been heavily linked with a move to the Mediterranean coast although his agent has denied reports that it is a done deal.
Speculation on the new Stormers skipper’s future may well be premature as he is now being touted as a potential Springbok captain.