Springbok and Ireland internationals pen deals with Top 14 outfit – report

Jared Wright
Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Joey Carbery.

Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Joey Carbery.

Springboks centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Irish fly-half Joey Carbery are off to France next season, according to reports.

Carbery’s departure from Munster has already been confirmed while it is reported that Janse van Rensburg will join him in leaving the United Rugby Championship.

Busy Bordeaux

French publication Sud Ouest reports that Bordeaux secured the signatures of the international pair several weeks ago.

The report adds that Sharks centre Janse van Rensburg has signed a three-year deal to join the French side. The one-time Bok midfielder joined the Durban-based Sharks from Sale in 2022 but has recently fallen out of favour under new head coach John Plumtree. He is set to link up with former Sharks assistant coach Yannick Bru.

Meanwhile, Carbery has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and has dropped down the pecking order for Munster and Ireland. He has reportedly signed a two-year deal with Bordeaux, where he will provide competition in the number 10 jumper for France international Matthieu Jalibert while covering at fullback, too.

The news of the new signings at Bordeaux comes off the back of reported departures.

Sud Ouest note that Bordeaux will bid farewell to hooker Clement Maynadier, lock Jandre Marais, lock Kane Douglas, fly-half Zack Holmes, winger Madosh Tambwe and back-rower Antoine Miquel.

Maynadier, Marais, and Douglas are believed to be bringing their careers to a close at the end of the 2023/24 season, while the latter trio will be released.

Superb recruitment

The signing of the two internationals adds to Bordeaux’s impressive recruitment work ahead of next season.

Scotland international lock Jonny Gray is set to join the club from Exeter Chiefs, along with Wallabies and Waratahs blindside flanker Lachlan Swinton.

They have also signed locally, securing the signatures of Matis Perchaud from Bayonne and Enzoe Reybier from Oyonnax.

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