How the Franco Mostert saga has un­folded

Gloucestershire Echo - - DEAC'S WEEK -

» May 30: Sign­ing an­nounced

GLOUCES­TER con­firm the sign­ing of Franco Mostert from the Lions. MOSTERT says: “I’m ex­cited about this move, be­cause it’s a new chap­ter in our lives.”

» May 30: Lions dis­pute sign­ing

WITHIN hours of Glouces­ter’s an­nounce­ment, re­ports in South Africa say the Lions are con­test­ing the move.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Ru­dolf Strauli told Sowe­tan Live: “We are con­test­ing it be­cause it is a trans­gres­sion of World Rugby’s player move­ment reg­u­la­tions.”

» June 7: Vaughan de­fends move

STEPHEN Vaughan told Glouces­ter­shire Live that the Lions have not di­rectly con­tacted the club over the Mostert dis­pute and in­sists the club have done noth­ing wrong.

He says: “The re­al­ity is we’ve done the same in terms of sign­ing Franco than we have with ev­ery sin­gle player and ev­ery other club does ex­actly the same thing.”

» Oc­to­ber 10: Lions pur­sue fight

THE Lions claim they are still in dis­pute with Glouces­ter over the sign­ing of Mostert.

“Franco is still con­tracted by us and we are still in the mid­dle of a dis­pute with Glouces­ter,” chief ex­ec­u­tive Ru­dolf Straeuli tells South African me­dia out­let The Cit­i­zen.

“He must hon­our his con­tract, with all re­spect to Franco, but my board told me I must act against Glouces­ter.”

Glouces­ter head coach Jo­han Ack­er­mann re­sponds by say­ing he ex­pects Mostert to join the club in Novem­ber.

» Oc­to­ber 26: South Africa head coach un­sure

SOUTH Africa head coach Rassie Eras­mus ad­mits he’s un­sure over whether Mostert will play against Eng­land at Twick­en­ham.

Non-english play­ers are not al­lowed to be re­leased by Premier­ship clubs for matches that are out­side the in­ter­na­tional win­dow.

Eras­mus said: “If he is a Glouces­ter player he won’t be avail­able for the English Test match and if he is a Lions player he will be.”

» Oc­to­ber 27: Mostert at King­sholm

MOSTERT watches Glouces­ter’s Premier­ship Cup game against Wasps at King­sholm, sug­gest­ing the move is set to go throu.

» Oc­to­ber 30: Mostert to miss Eng­land game

IT is con­firmed that Mostert will not play for South Africa against Eng­land.

Eras­mus says: “It’s such a touchy thing at this stage, and for him per­son­ally, to just set­tle in at Glouces­ter, I de­cided not to in­volve him for this week­end – for him per­son­ally just to set­tle into his new club.”

Glouces­ter head of academy Richard Whif­fin also rules out the pos­si­bil­ity of Mostert play­ing in the Premier­ship Cup game at Bris­tol.

» Novem­ber 12: World Rugby asked to in­ter­vene

IT is re­ported in South Africa that the Golden Lions Union and South Africa Rugby have made a joint com­plaint about the sign­ing.

They claim that ne­go­ti­a­tions be­gan while Mostert was still un­der con­tract with the Lions and would not re­lease the clear­ance cer­tifi­cate for him to play.

Vaughan re­it­er­ates his stance that the club has done noth­ing wrong and said they could not ap­ply for his work visa or reg­is­tra­tion un­til after his con­tract be­gan on Novem­ber 1.

“We con­tacted Franco the same way we’ve con­tacted other play­ers since the year dot, the same as ev­ery club in ev­ery union in the world,” said Vaughan.

» Novem­ber 27: Mostert joins squad

ACK­ER­MANN says that Mostert has ar­rived, how­ever, they are still wait­ing for in­ter­na­tional clear­ance to reg­is­ter him to play and Ack­er­mann said: “Franco has now joined us. He’s in Glouces­ter, he’s met the squad, he’s here.”

» Novem­ber 30: Mostert is a Glouces­ter player

MOSTERT is named on the bench for Glouces­ter’s Premier­ship game against Worces­ter.

IT is con­firmed that the club have re­ceived the reg­is­tra­tion for him to play after it was be­ing with­held by the Lions.

» De­cem­ber 1: Mostert makes Glouces­ter de­but

HE re­ceives big cheers from the crowd as his name is read out be­fore the game and again when he runs onto the pitch with eight min­utes left of Glouces­ter’s win over Worces­ter.

» De­cem­ber 3: Lions refuse to give up

THERE are re­ports in South Africa that the Lions have sent a strong re­quest to World Rugby, ask­ing them to re­con­sider their de­ci­sion. THEY are al­legedly un­happy that Glouces­ter an­nounced Mostert would be join­ing them while he was still un­der con­tract with the

Lions and re­port­edly

Franco Mostert came on for the last eight min­utes of Glouces­ter’s win over Worces­ter

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