Former Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer’s French Top14 club Stade Francais in a surprising move has contracted former 2016 Junior Springbok scrumhalf James Hall with a two-year deal.
Hall, who went to Kearsney College, played for the Southern Kings in 2016 when he was still U20, and then joined Oyonnax, then still a D2 club in France. They were promoted to the Top 14 last year but relegated after one season.
Hall has more than 70 caps for Oyonnax, kicks the ball from his own half with ease and is a tough customer. He will be the replacement for former Bulls Springbok Piet van Zyl who has decided to retire from rugby to farm fulltime.
To make it a net loss of Saffas for Meyer and Stade Francais, Morné Steyn returns to Pretoria. The former Bulls and Springboks flyhalf’s contract with the club has expired.
Hall said he is “happy to join this great club and I can’t wait to play here for the next two seasons. I hope to produce the best rugby possible and give only my best for the team and hopefully win the Top14 with them.”