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Johan Goosen harbours RWC ambitions

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Johan Goosen (Gallo Images)
Johan Goosen (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Springbok utility back Johan Goosen says he harbours ambitions of playing in a Rugby World Cup.

The 25-year-old recently made his return to rugby for the Cheetahs and will make his comeback in the French Top 14 when he plays for Montpellier in the upcoming European season.

He was sidelined for over a year after abruptly announcing his retirement at the end of 2016 while playing for French club Racing 92.

He had earlier signed a contract extension with Racing, increasing his salary to €500 000 (R7.15 million) per year before quitting and returning to South Africa and accepting a job as a commercial director at a saddle-horse stud farm in Bloemfontein.

But Goosen has reset his goals and revealed his future ambitions to Netwerk24: “I’m only 25 and still have a lot of rugby left in me. Every player wants to play in a Rugby World Cup. I have however not yet talked to Rassie Erasmus (Springbok coach),” Goosen said from France where he was busy preparing for the upcoming season.

Goosen stressed that for the moment his focus is solely on doing well at Montpellier, before he can think of playing for the Boks.

Earlier this month, Goosen expressed regret at the way things unfolded at Racing 92, who were furious at his departure.

He told French publication Le Figaro-Sport24: "It was madness. I made a mistake. But that’s life. Paradoxically, I have also grown a lot over the past two years. I emptied my head and allowed my body time to recover... I went through bad times. I was very sad. I thought all of this would never end. Sometimes I said to myself: ‘Maybe I should go back to Racing?’ And at other times, I was persuaded that going back would not do me any good. In fact, I was lost... If a player is in my situation, I would say to him: 'Do not do it, you will regret it. The price to pay is too heavy.'"

He added that while he expected a hostile reception in France, he hoped to win over the fans through his performances on the field.

The flyhalf/fullback played 13 Tests for the Springboks between 2012 and 2016.

READ: I was sad, lost in Paris - Goosen

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