South African World Cup winner Cobus Reinach has joined Montpellier on a three-year deal, the Top 14 club have announced.

The 30-year-old scrumhalf, who has won 14 caps for the Springboks, spent the last three seasons with the Northampton Saints but will now link up with international outhalf team-mate Handre Pollard in the south of France.

"Cobus is a world champion, with outstanding athletic qualities," said Montpellier coach Xavier Garbajosa.

"He is very skilled, both in kicking and passing."

Reinach scored the fastest hat-trick in World Cup history last year with an 11-minute treble against Canada but was third choice No 9 at the tournament behind Faf de Klerk Herschel Jantjies

Montpellier finished the Top 14 season in eighth place after the National League ended it early amid the Covid-19 crisis after 17 games.

They finished third in a Champions Cup pool won by Toulouse that also featured Gloucester and Connacht.

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