Johan Goosen in action for the Springboks back in 2016 against Australia. Photo: Tertius Pickard/

JOHANNESBURG Former Springbok Johan Goosen ended a controversial 'retirement' by playing for the Cheetahs this weekend in a Pro14 home loss to Munster. 

The 25-year-old fly-half/full-back walked out on Racing 92 at the end of 2016 despite having a contract with the French Top 14 club to 2020. 

Goosen returned to his Bloemfontein home in central South Africa and became commercial director of a horse breeding business.

The South African will return to the French elite league for the 2018-2019 season, however, after Montpellier paid Racing 1.5 million euros ($1.85 mn) to buy out his contract.  

Until he goes back to France in June, Goosen will train and play for Cheetahs, the team where he sprang to prominence as a superb goal-kicker.

He slotted two conversions and a penalty in the first half against Munster, helping the hosts build a 17-7 half-time lead.

But Goosen barely handled the ball in the second half as the dominant Irish side kicked four penalties for a 19-17 victory.

The fly-half was replaced 12 minutes from time in a match watched by new South Africa coach Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus.

Goosen is ineligible to play for the Springboks as overseas-based South Africans must have been capped at least 30 times to be considered.

However, Erasmus is reportedly considering asking SA Rugby officials to change a rule introduced last year.

Goosen won the last of 13 caps two years ago.


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