White, Catrakilis join Montpellier

Date published: January 21 2015

Montpellier have shored up their half-back options for next season by signing scrum-half Nic White and fly-half Demetri Catrakilis.

L’Equipe revealed on Wednesday that sources close to the club confirmed the arrival of the two players, both on two-year contracts.

White links up with his former Brumbies boss Jake White at the Top 14 club, having won 19 caps for Australia and still only being 24.

Brumbies chief executive Michael Jones had earlier confirmed that White would be leaving the Super Rugby franchise.

“We are disappointed to lose Nic, he plays a crucial part in the Brumbies game plan but I realise this is professional sport and he has to look after his own interests,” said Jones.

“Because of Nic’s competitive nature and his tenacity, I’m absolutely positive that we won’t lose anything from him this season. I am 100 percent sure he is as committed to the Brumbies as we all are, to bring the club a Super Rugby title this year.”

Stormers fly-half Catrakilis will arrive from South Africa to link up with the former World Cup-winning coach, along with other South Africans at the club including Robert Ebersohn and Wynand Olivier.

Montpellier have however continued to deny any speculation linking them with a move for Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis.