The curtain has closed on the South African chapter of Roland Bernard’s playing career, after the Lions flank agreed to a contract with French Top 14 club Mont-de-Marsan.
Rugby 365 reports that Bernard has decided to turn a new page in his career, after the past seven years with the Lions have failed to yield a regular starting place for him, according to suparugby
His first match for the Lions came in 2002, when he was a top performer and a star in Jake White’s World Championship-winning SA Under-21 team.
In the past seven years, Bernard has notched up just over 50 matches for the Lions (and Cats) in Super 12, Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup competition.
He also represented the Sharks at Super 14 level, as well as the Falcons at Currie Cup level.
The 27-year-old Bernard will now attempt to turn back the clock to the days when he kept Schalk Burger out of the Baby Bok team, and was regarded as the next big thing.
He has already been released from his contract at the Lions, and is free to continue his career in France.Tweet