Montpellier boosted by return of South Africa star Reinach

Montpellier (France) (AFP) –


South Africa scrum-half Cobus Reinach is set to make his Top 14 season bow for Montpellier on Saturday having finished his Rugby Championship campaign.

The 31-year-old played in the world champions' thrilling 31-29 win over the All Blacks last weekend.

His return to face Bordeaux-Begles will be a huge boost for Montpellier coach Philippe Saint-Andre who has been without Benoit Paillaugue since the opening day of the season when the Frenchman suffered knee ligament damage.

Georgian back-up Gela Aprasidze suffered a shoulder injury against Toulouse three weeks ago.

Reinach's international half-back partner Handre Pollard, who played eight of South Africa's nine summer internationals, will be rested by Montpellier.

Italy's Paolo Garbisi is likely to start at fly-half on Saturday against Bordeaux.