South African World Cup winner Cobus Reinach has completed his move Montpellier on a three-year deal, the Top 14 club have announced.
The 30-year-old scrum-half, who has won 14 caps for the Springboks, spent the last three seasons with the Northampton Saints but will now link up with international outhalf team-mate Handre Pollard in the south of France.
“Cobus is a world champion, with outstanding athletic qualities,” said Montpellier coach Xavier Garbajosa.
“He is very skilled, both in kicking and passing.”
He has scored an impressive 31 tries in just 76 appearances in Northampton colours, winning the players’ and supporters’ player of the year prizes last season.
But he wasn’t able to get to say goodbye as he wanted to as the Covid-19 pandemic called a halt to rugby in March.
It meant Reinach’s final Saints appearance was the 16-10 Gallagher Premiership win against Worcester Warriors at Sixways on March 6.
Saying goodbye to Saints fans, Reinach said: “Okay, this is definitely not the way I wanted to say goodbye.
“Sitting here looking back at the last few seasons, I realised I’m extremely grateful for every opportunity I’ve had to put on the Saints jersey.
“Even though I gave my all to the jersey, it actually gave so much more back.
“For my family and I, this chapter is over. But I can tell you that it has been nothing short of spectacular and that has everything to do with the people around us.
“To every player, staff member and especially the supporters – thank you.”
5 of the worst rugby stadiums in the world – Premiership, Six Nations & more
We’ve picked out five stadia from Britain and across the globe which have their issues.
Take a look, below, and let us know which rugby grounds you dislike and why…
1. AJ Bell Stadium
In five words or less: Archetypal 21st century ground
Most recent visit: 2019
Best feature: Good shop for merchandise
Worst feature: You pay £10 to park in a massive puddle in the mud before being penned in for almost an hour post match!
Quirk factor: 0/5