Springbok news: Bismarck du Plessis released by Montpellier

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Springbok Rugby World Cup winner Bismarck du Plessis has left Montpellier a year before the end of his contract, the Top 14 club announced.

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Du Plessis, who won 79 caps for the Springboks, joined the southern French club after the 2015 World Cup along with his brother, prop Jannie.

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In six seasons in France, the abrasive hooker played 108 games for Montpellier, scoring 27 tries, and was part of the squad that twice won the European Challenge Cup (2016, 2021).

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A World Cup winner in 2007 under ex-Montpellier coach Jake White, the 37-year-old Du Plessis is one of 14 players being released by the club.

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Bismarck du Plessis’ compatriots Johan Goosen, a utility back capped 13 times by the Boks, and uncapped lock Jacques du Plessis have also been released. Both have signed for the Bulls back in South Africa.

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Among others to have left during the season are former France No 8 Louis Picamoles (Bordeaux-Begles), promising Irish-born France under-20 prop Daniel Brennan (Brive) and Georgia international prop Levan Chilachava (Castres).

Montpellier finished the Top 14 season in 10th place and will next season count on ex-France skipper Guilhem Guirado, Vincent Giudicelli and Jeremie Maurouard to be competing for the hooker’s jersey.

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