Engelbrecht swaps Kings for France

Date published: October 7 2016

EP Kings loose forward Jacques Engelbrecht has signed a two-year contract with French second division side Montauban.

Engelbrecht played for the Boland Cavaliers in this year's Currie Cup competition. He was part of a group of contracted players for the EP Kings to play in next year's Super Rugby competition but has decided to move on.

The other contracted players are scrum-half James Hall, fly-half Louis Fouché, fullback/wing Malcolm Jaer, centre/wing Siyanda Grey, Thembelani Bholi, CJ Velleman and the lock/flank Tyler Paul.

Engelbrecht told Netwerk24 he decided to move to France in an attempt to secure a contract at one of the Top 14 clubs.

"This is an opportunity for me to get my foot in the door and get back to playing my best rugby," Engelbrecht said.

The 31-year-old said he felt it was right time to move on and was also happy he decided to play Currie Cup rugby for Boland rather than the Eastern Province Kings.

"My time at Boland was really good for my rugby. I found my confidence in the last two games against the Blue Bulls and Western Province," he said.

"My form took a dip when I moved to the Bulls in 2013. I didn't get many opportunities there to play Super Rugby. The one dimensional rugby they played back then turned my strengths as a players into weaknesses. It negatively affected my confidence."