Springbok moves to French division side
TRANSFER NEWS: Springboks centre Lionel Mapoe has signed a one-year contract with French club Nice.
Mapoe joins the National League-bound French team from Top14 side Stade Francais.
The Springbok, who arrived at one of the flagships recruits at the Top 14 side from the Lions in 2018, failed to make an impact and has not scored a single try during his 12 appearances.
The 31-year-old was rumoured to return to the Johannesburg side, however, it has now been confirmed that he will ply his trade at Nice for the 2020-21 European season.
Meanwhile, former Lions wing Ruan Combrinck’s future at Stade is still certain despite various media reports linking him to a return to the Johannesburg-based franchise.
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Le Stade Niçois est heureux d’annoncer la signature du trois-quart centre international sud-africiain Lionel Mapoe (31 ans, 14 sélections) en provenance du @SFParisRugby.
— Stade Niçois (@stadenicois) July 10, 2020