Long-term Montpellier flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo is reportedly set to be replaced as captain by one of the club's many South African players.
Director of rugby Jake White has allegedly opted to appoint Bismarck du Plessis as the club's new captain going into the 2016/2017 season.
Du Plessis, along with brother Jannie, arrived at Montpellier last season following the Rugby World Cup, adding to the high number of South African players at the Top 14 club including Jacques du Plessis, Paul Willemse, Wiaan Liebenberg, Pierre Spies, Demetri Catrakilis and Frans Steyn.
White and Montpellier were heavily criticised last season regarding the departure of another homegrown product in France, fly-half François Trinh-Duc, and the move to replace Ouedraogo would likely be met with a similar reaction.
The club won last season's Challenge Cup and were knocked out in the Top 14 semi-finals by eventual runners-up, Toulon.