Gloucester Rugby are delighted to confirm the signing of South African international lock Franco Mostert from the Lions.
Springbok second row Mostert arrives in the form of his life after playing a key part in the Lions’ march to the 2017 Super Rugby final, and was last week named in the South African squad for the summer test series with England.
Standing at 6’6” tall, the imposing South African has racked up 18 appearances for his country to date, scoring his first international try last Autumn against Italy.
2⃣7⃣5⃣ – Franco Mostert has made 119 carries and 156 tackles in Super Rugby this season, his combined total of 2⃣7⃣5⃣ carries and tackles is the second best of any player (Amanaki Mafi – 288). Cherry. pic.twitter.com/IU34JEucqD
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Mostert also represented the Ricoh Black Rams in the Japanese Top League, before he returned to Super Rugby with the Lions.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys is thrilled that Mostert will be joining the Cherry and Whites next season.
“Franco has proved to be one of the stars of Super Rugby, and we are delighted that he will be playing in Cherry and White next season.
“We know the Gloucester fans love their physical, hard-working forwards, and Franco is exactly that. He has so many quality attributes, and this is a big sign of our intent as a squad to push to the next level.
“Obviously Franco is a player that Johan is very familiar with, and Franco will know what Johan expects from his players, and he is the type of character that will fit in well to our squad.
“He is a current international, and has been captaining the Lions throughout the Super Rugby season, so he displays leadership skills that will again benefit our squad.
“With the squad looking forward to the challenges of Champions Cup rugby this coming season, we need quality throughout our squad as at times it will be tested, and Franco adds to our second-row stocks, in an area of real strength and depth.”