Catrakilis ready to go for Montpellier

Demetri Catrakilis (@dcatrakilis-Twitter)
Demetri Catrakilis (@dcatrakilis-Twitter)

Montpellier - South African flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis took part in training for the first time with French Top 14 side Montpellier under the direction of compatriot and coach Jake White on Monday.

The 26-year-old, released by Western Province before the conclusion of the Currie Cup, signed a three-year deal with an option for a fourth at Montpellier where he will be competing with France international Francois Trinh-Duc, Australian Ben Lucas and promising French youngster Ilian Perraux.

Fijian internationals Timoci Nagusa and Akapusi Qera returned from World Cup duty after their team was eliminated in the pool stage and also took part in training ahead of Friday's Top 14 game at Grenoble.

Georgian international prop Misha Nariashvili also joined his team-mates but is uncertain for this week's game after picking up an ankle injury in Georgia's final World Cup game against Namibia.

Scrumhalf Benot Paillaugue meanwhile confirmed he is set to extend his contract, which expires next June, for a further two years.

"I'm happy to have the confidence of the president and the coach," he said. "Even if I've had contacts (with other clubs) my first desire was to stay."

Paillaugue, 27, has played with the southern outfit since January 2009.

Montpellier are second in the Top 14 table, three points behind leaders Clermont.

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