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Mostert going nowhere - Lions coach

Lions coach Swys de Bruin is adamant – Springbok lock Franco Mostert is going nowhere. Well, at least until the end of Super Rugby next year.

Mostert was linked to a move to Bristol rugby – a move similar to the big-money offer that scrumhalf Faf de Klerk accepted to move to Sale Sharks - and has highlighted the fact that the Lions players are set to be targeted after their two appearances in Super Rugby finals in the last two seasons.

De Bruin laughed off the links, but said it wasn’t inconceivable that Mostert may receive a big money offer after Super Rugby next season.

“He is contracted to us until the end of Super Rugby next year. Obviously they want him, but he is contracted to us and he is staying with us. That is as far as we look at the whole thing. He is our player,” De Bruin said.

“You will always get this type of stuff, its sensation and agents that push these things, and look for these things. But he is one of our players and there is no way he is going to go before the end of Super Rugby.

“Contracts are still binding. In other cases we have played a role to let the guy go. We can still decide if we want to keep a guy or let him go, a contract is still a contract.”

Asked by a reporter whether the Lions still want to keep him after 2018 and De Bruin shot back: “Definitely, wouldn’t you?

“We might have to rob a bank or something, but I know from the top – Kevin (de Klerk, president) and Rudolf (Straeuli, CEO), they love Franco and we will fight for him. Last year Brive or someone did the same thing but he stayed.”

Earlier this week, The Rugby Paper in England reported that Mostert was linked to Bristol but that several other Premiership clubs – including Leicester, Bath, Gloucester, Sale and Worcester – had made enquiries about Mostert.

The Bok lock was reported to have signed with Lyon last year, but renewed his contract with the Lions, prompting Lyon to release a press release where they threatened legal action.

However, Mostert then signed a two-year contract with the Japanese club, Ricoh Black Rams, where he is currently playing. His contract runs out at the end of Super Rugby next year.

Mostert has been a regular in the Springbok setup this year and featured in almost all of their test matches this season.


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