With South African sides entering EPCR tournaments for the first time this season, we are detailing those players from the country who are already representing clubs in the Heineken Champions Cup. Next up, we take a look at a trio of stars at Montpellier Hérault Rugby

Nico Janse van Rensburg

The lock, 28, has become a key member of the Montpellier pack since his move from Bulls in 2016, turning out in the Heineken Champions Cup in six of his seven seasons at the club.

The one-time South Africa international played the full 80 minutes in Montpellier’s Round of 16 first leg victory over Harlequins last season, a win which helped them reach the quarter-finals. It was his fourth game in the 2021/22 tournament, taking his total appearances in the competition to 24.

Janse van Rensburg’s solitary Heineken Champions Cup try came in January 2019, when he helped his side to a 45-8 pool stage victory over Newcastle Falcons.

Cobus Reinach

Scrum-half Reinach is a more familiar face on the international scene with 21 South Africa caps to his name, and he has been a prominent figure in EPCR competitions too, scoring eight tries in 21 games.

He helped Montpellier lift the Challenge Cup in 2021 after moving from Northampton Saints, where he spent three seasons following his switch from Sharks.

The 32-year-old produced two key moments in his two Heineken Champions Cup games for Montpellier last season, scoring the crucial bonus-point try against Exeter Chiefs to book their place in the knockout stage, before going over in their Round of 16 first leg triumph over Harlequins.

Jan Serfontein

Another established South African star, Serfontein, 29, played 35 games for the Springboks between 2013 and 2017, and has been an excellent servant for Montpellier since joining from Bulls five years ago.

The centre was also part of Montpellier’s Challenge Cup-winning side in 2021, while his European Cup exploits have seen him feature 16 times in four seasons.

He dotted down for his third try in the competition last season, crossing in the corner as Montpellier enjoyed a superb start to their fate-deciding pool stage clash with Exeter.