Mostert doesn’t regret move to France

The Springbok lock Gerhard Mostert on Thursday exclusively told Eyewitness News that he does not regret...

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The Springbok lock Gerhard Mostert on Thursday exclusively told Eyewitness News that he does not regret leaving the Sharks to sign for French club Stade Francais.

He was summoned

to New Zealand as cover for injured Flip van der Merwe during the

Tri-Nations away leg and was one of the few players to come out of the

loss to the All Blacks with their reputation reasonably intact. Coach

Peter de Villiers afterwards said he was "a revelation".

But Mostert said he does not regret leaving for France.

"I think it's

still a good move for my career to go to experience the whole European

kind of style. I think it's still a good move on my side, so I'm glad

they still recognised me while I was over there," he said. "I definitely

would like to come back one day and play for the Sharks," he added.

Mostert said he was happy with his debut, but the team has to improve.

"…I'm glad my

first test is over because the nerves were getting to me a little bit,

but I think it went well from a personal perspective, but we need to

make a step up as a team."

After being

emphatically beaten by the All Blacks he believes the Boks will be

better prepared for the home leg of the Tri-Nations.

"It was a

learning curve, I think we are going to take a lot out of the game and

make some plans from there, because we're meeting the guys again in PE.

We have to put on a better performance there."

Mostert added that going to the World Cup in New Zealand, which now seems within reach, would be "amazing".

He added "...I

just take it week by week and if that happens it would be a bonus, if it

doesn't that's still OK. I'll go back to France and start my campaign

there."