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We’re con­fi­dent that he’s got a le­gal con­tract with us and World Rugby will hope­fully soon give us our clear­ance

Jo­han Ack­er­mann

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GLOUCES­TER are await­ing the green light from World Rugby to play Franco Mostert af­ter his ar­rival at the club.

The South Africa star met the rest of the Glouces­ter squad this week but the long-run­ning saga over his move from the Lions is yet to be re­solved.

World Rugby were asked to in­ter­vene by the South African prov­ince, who are fight­ing to keep the player on the grounds of “ir­reg­u­lar player move­ment,” claim­ing that ne­go­ti­a­tions be­gun with Mostert’s agent while he was still un­der con­tract.

Mostert’s con­tract with Glouces­ter was due to be­gin on Novem­ber 1 but he was play­ing for the Spring­boks un­til last week­end.

Glouces­ter head coach Jo­han Ack­er­mann said: “Franco has joined us. He’s in Glouces­ter, he’s met the squad, he’s here.

“He’s played a lot of 80 minute games so we’ll ob­vi­ously have to man­age him and see but we’re con­fi­dent that he’s got a le­gal con­tract with us and World Rugby will hope­fully soon give us our clear­ance that we can reg­is­ter him and get back on the field.”

The Cherry and Whites have a derby against Worces­ter at King­sholm on Satur­day be­fore back-to-back Heineken Cham­pi­ons Cup games against Ex­eter and Ack­er­mann hopes Mostert’s move can be rub­ber­stamped soon.

“The whole thing is be­ing put to World Rugby to make a de­ci­sion and hope­fully it will be one that the player be­lieves will also be taken into ac­count,” he said.

“I think they know the ur­gency about it. We don’t want to keep a player with­out work and also we’re keen to get him in­volved.

“David (Humphreys, Glouces­ter di­rec­tor of rugby), Steve (Vaughan, chief ex­ec­u­tive), the club, World Rugby is in­volved with it so hope­fully com­mon sense will pre­vail.”

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