Botica to play for Orrell in winter


THE New Zealand international Frano Botica will return to Rugby Union action in the winter after sign English first division club yesterday.

The 32 year old utility back now fully recovered from a broken leg delayed his debut for Rugby League team Castleford has made an impressive start to the summer Super campaign, landing six goals and notching one try in two outings.

Castleford have given the record breaking former Wigan player permission to play union during the league close season next winter.

Orrell completed the two year deal, believed to be worth more than £40,000, after Moseley dropped out of the race.

Botica said "I'm glad it's all sorted out. I'm very keen to play union, but at the moment league is my priority.

"I can now put thoughts of Orrell to one side and concentrate on helping Castleford continue a good start to the season."

Botica, who won the first of seven All Blacks caps in 1986, switched codes when he joined Wigan in 1990.

. French rugby star Thierry Lacroix has confirmed his move to South Africa's Natal club for next season. Lees than a week ago, the international, capped 40 times for his country, threatened to leave France if selectors failed to reinstall him as fly half in the test team.

Lacroix was moved to centre after a disappointing performance at the start of the recent Five Nations tournament. He was then forced to pull out of the team after suffering a groin strain.

Now fully fit, 29 year old Lacroix will play out the season with the Dax club before moving to Durban with his wife.

"Nothing is signed as yet," he said after Saturday's French Championship game, "but the three year contract should be signed between the April 15th and 21st."