Racing boss lays into Goosen

Date published: June 11 2015

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Springbok hopeful Johan Goosen has been given a stern dressing down by Racing coach Laurent Labit for his lack of professionalism.

Goosen featured regularly for Racing in the first half of the season but has been reduced to third choice in 2015 behind Jonathan Sexton and Benjamin Dambielle.

Labit explained the reasons for his absence from the team were both sporting and for off-field reasons, with Rugbyrama reporting that Goosen had failed to show up for French lessons while also failing to respect rules at training.

"We've spoken to him and he knows why he hasn't been in the matchday squads in the second half of the season," Labit explained.

"It's for reasons both on and off the pitch.

"We expect more commitment from a player of his age. We've given him the time to settle into the squad in the first six months because he's young, but there are things a professional has to do and accept.

"He needs to get back on track if he wants to play. He still has two years left on his contract. He knows he needs to sort things out or there's a good chance he won't be here for a third year."

Goosen has been linked with a return to South Africa to the Stormers but he remains under contract with Racing. 

He is an outside bet to make South Africa's World Cup squad, but his lack of recent game time could well count against him, particularly with Morné Steyn impressing for city rivals Stade Français.

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