'Can’t wait to get started': Sharks centre confirms move to France
TRANSFER NEWS: Former Junior Springboks captain Jeremy Ward will join Top 14 club Stade Francais from the Sharks.
Ward signed a two-year deal with the Top 14 club.
Earlier this year, Ward was linked to a mover to the Lions however has opted for the French side instead.
Ward’s transfer is good news for the Top14 side, who are in dire need of a centre following All Blacks centre Ngani Laumape’s departure.
Laumape was released from his two-year contract after only one year in Paris.
Stade Francais’s statement welcomed the South African Ward to the club this week.
“It’s official, Jeremy Ward is a Parisian,” it read.
“The South African three-quarter centre signs in Paris for two seasons and will join us in the coming days. Welcome, Jeremy!”
Ward replied on Twitter to the announcement, “Can’t wait to get started!”
À bientôt, @SFParisRugby 🌸
Can’t wait to get started! https://t.co/qzRsor0Ua7
— Jeremy Ward (@JeremyWard_) August 24, 2022
The 26-year-old made his Super Rugby breakthrough in 2016 at the Southern Kings but has since gone on to become a mainstay of the Sharks backline, making eleven URC appearances in the 2021/22 season while also playing in seven Currie Cup matches in recent months.
Ward captained the Junior Springboks in 2016 and joined the Sharks from Eastern Province in 2017.
He joins former Junior Springboks James Hall and former Sharks lock JJ van der Mescht as the South Africans at Stade Francais.