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The former Glenwood pupil joined the Sharks in 2018 and was part of the KwaZulu-Natal union’s Under-19 team that won the domestic Under-19 title that year.
Van der Mescht’s final match for the Sharks was their 54-7 hiding by the British & Irish Lions at Ellis Park.
The Sharks confirmed the news via a statement on Friday.
Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee expressed his disappointment at losing a player of such promise as 22-year-old JJ van der Mescht.
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“We are obviously very disappointed to lose a young player with JJ’s ability,” said Coetzee.
“He has immense potential, and we hope that this move to France gives him renewed motivation to work on his fitness and discipline. Our best wishes are extended to him for this next chapter in his career.”
Having not represented the Springboks, Van der Mescht is a potential France international down the line should he qualify to do so.