Springboks

Racing 92 rules out any possible future with Goosen

Johan Goosen (Getty Images)
Johan Goosen (Getty Images)

Cape Town - French club Racing 92 has ruled out any possibility of Springbok Johan Goosen from ever returning to the club.

The fullback announced his shock retirement from rugby last week, reportedly to take up a commercial director’s job in South Africa.

Goosen signed a contract extension until 2020 with Racing 92 earlier this year, increasing his salary to €500 000 (R7.27 million) per year.

It has been widely speculated that Goosen made the move in an attempt to get out of his contract with his French club.

However, less than a week after announcing his retirement, the player was reportedly linked with a move to English rugby club, Gloucester.

Goosen's French club, Racing 92, were left fuming and threatened the 24-year-old with legal action.

Even Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal was unimpressed by Goosen's behaviour and called any other club president who signs Goosen a "bastard".

READ: Goosen removed from Racing 92’s Wiki page

According to Planet Rugby website, Racing 92's coach Laurent Travers said there was no possible future for Goosen and that he will never wear the club jersey ever again.

"As a coach, you cannot accept it," said Travers. "We have a group of players who want to win and fight together, but Goosen wanted to fight alone and get out of the boat. His behaviour is not acceptable. It disrespects the club and his team-mates."

Goosen was named Top 14 Player of the Season for 2015/16 after helping Racing 92 to the French title and reaching the European Rugby Champions Cup final.

Goosen has 13 caps for South Africa since making his debut in 2012, and started at fullback for the Springboks in their most recent Test defeat against Wales.

Goosen moved to France in 2014 after beginning his career with the Cheetahs in Super Rugby.

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