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Grenoble targeting Aplon

14th January 2014 08:59


Gio Aplon of the Stormers v Kings

Gio Aplon: Heading to France?

Top 14 giant-slayers Grenoble are hoping to lure Springboks and Stormers utility back Gio Aplon to France.

French sports daily Midi Olympique reports that about a dozen clubs are interested in signing the 31-year-old wing/full-back, who has 17 Test caps.

Grenoble director of rugby Fabrice Landreau has admitted that the club, who have punched above their weight this season and currently sit sixth in the Top 14 standings, have approached the Capetonian.

"He has an attractive profile, he is a versatile player, he can be centre, wing and full-back," said Landreau.

"He has a lot of experience with both the Springboks and the Stormers."

Landreau denied links with Blues flyer Francis Saili but admitted interest in Toulon hooker Benjamin Noirot, but said the club's recruitment would depend largely on whether Australians Anthony Hegarty, Dan Palmer, Ben Hand, Peter Kimlin and Henry Vanderglas extended their deals. They have all been offered new contracts. Kiwi fly-half Blair Stewart is in a similar situation.

Grenoble have already signed Racing-Metro fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski and are reportedly chasing the signature of French international playmaker Frédéric Michalak. Former England international Olly Barkley's contract looks set to come to a premature end however.

Racing prop Julien Brugnaut is also a likely new arrival.

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