White brings 11 recruits to Montpellier

Date published: May 28 2015

Montpellier have announced the arrival of 11 new players ahead of the next Top 14 season, including six South Africans and two Brumbies.

The turnover under former Springbok coach Jake White – who recently signed a two-year contract extension – continues as the English-speaking contingent at the French club grows ever larger.

White will have compatriot Shaun Sowerby (forwards) and Australian Scott Wisemantel (backs) as his assistant coaches next season.

The news, which comes days after the club announced the departure of 19 players, will not sit well with many local fans, with Montpellier enjoying the reputation of having one of the best academies in France in recent years.

Brumbies full-back Jessie Mogg and scrum-half Nic White have played under the World Cup-winning coach before in Super Rugby, as has Sharks scrum-half Cameron White.

Stormers sharp-shooter Demetri Catrakilis and Bulls loose forwards Jacques du Plessis and Willem Liebenberg as well as former Bulls lock Paul Willemse will be familiar and well suited to White's kick-oriented approach.

The only recruits from within French rugby structures are veteran Clermont wing Julien Malzieu and promising Bayonne speedster Marvin O'Connor, who is of Australian decent but grew up in France.

New Montpellier signings:

Schalk van der Merwe (prop, Lions),
Paul Willemse (lock, Grenoble),
Jacques du Plessis (loose forward, Bulls),
Willem Liebenberg (loose forward, Bulls),
Nic White (scrum-half, Brumbies),
Cameron White (scrum-half, Sharks),
Demetri Catrakilis (fly-half, Stormers),
Julien Malzieu (wing, Clermont),
Marvin O'Connor (wing, Bayonne),
Seveci Nakailagi (wing, Fidji),
Jessie Mogg (full-back, Brumbies).

Montpellier departures: Yohann Artru, David Attoub, Thomas Bianchin, Alexandre Bias, Maximiliano Bustos, Lucas Dupont, Teddy Iribaren, Chris King, Na'ama Leleimalefaga, Nahuel Lobo, Wynand Olivier, Jonathan Pélissié, Fred Quercy, Rene Ranger, Enzo Selponi, Benoît Sicart, Alex Tulou, Samisoni Viriviri, Albert Vulivuli.