Botha leaving Toulouse

 May 01,2013
Written by: Editor

Former Springbok hooker Gary Botha will leave Toulouse at the end of the Top 14 season, the French club have announced.

The ex-Bulls and Harlequins hooker, who won 12 Test caps for South Africa, has been released by the reigning French champions despite having a contract that runs until June 2014.

Toulouse announced via their Twitter feed that four players will play their last game at Stade Ernest Wallon on Saturday, against Grenoble.

Luke Burgess (Melbourne Rebels), Yannick Jauzion (retirement) and  Jean-Baptiste Poux (Bordeaux-Begles) will bid the Toulouse fans farewell.

Botha arrived in France in 2011 but a series of injuries has limited his impact. Having played 18 games this season, he recently declared his desire to stay in the south of France and demonstrate its potential.

With the departure of Botha and the definitive retirement as a player of forwards coach William Servat, Toulouse will be left with just two hookers in their squad, 26-year-old Georgian Jaba Bregvadze and France U20 star Christopher Tolofua.

They are expected to recruit another hooker in the coming weeks.

Toulouse are also expected to sign South African scrum-half Rory Kockott from Castres. Reports suggest that the move has been agreed in principle, but the clubs have yet to settle on a transfer fee.

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