REPORT: Another South African to exit Gloucester
NEWS: South African Gerbrandt Grobler is reportedly the latest player to leave Gloucester.
Grobler’s transfer report comes in the wake of the managerial upheaval that has seen head coach Johan Ackermann and director of rugby David Humphreys depart the 2019 Premiership semi-finalists.
Fresh from the recent confirmation that London Irish assistant George Skivington will fill the vacancy left by Ackermann, Gloucester confirmed on June 26 that eight players were departing the club.
They included out-half Owen Williams, veteran fullback Tom Marshall, lock Franco Mostert and hooker Franco Marais, who were all set for moves to Japan – three of them to Ackermann’s new club, NTT Docomo.
Also listed for departure were Ruan Dreyer, Benetton-bound Callum Braley, Exeter signing Aaron Hinkley and Ealing recruit Simon Linsell.
However, it has now emerged in France, via RMC Sports, that Grobler, the 28-year-old who came to England in 2018 after a year-long stint with Irish club Munster, is set to join Stade Francais, the Parisian club trying to rebuild under new boss Gonzalo Quesada.
It was reported on Monday that the Top 14 strugglers would be signing Leicester outcast Telusa Veainu, the Tongan who walked away from Welford Road due to the salary cut controversy. He was said to have agreed a two-year deal just a week after Stade had officially announced the arrivals of Argentine second row/back row Marcos Kremer and Georgian prop Vasil Kakovin.
Now it has emerged that Grobler is also on their radar following two years at Gloucester. He will sign for two seasons after the club was linked with a number of other players.
The second row would be no stranger to the rugby scene in Paris as it was at Racing 92 in 2016.