Castres scrumhalf Rory Kockott wants to join Racing Metro at the end of the season to improve his chances of playing Test rugby.
Kockott, who is the second top point-scorer in the Top 14 behind Jonny Wilkinson with 207 in 13 matches, insists Michel Dhomps gave him a verbal agreement for his departure, something the Castres president denies.
‘I have a decision which is very personal and family-based to take at season’s end. I have opportunities and I must think about them. It’s a very important moment in my young career,’ the 26-year-old said.
‘I’m still very young and I’d like to have an international career, here [in France] or in my country. I have three or four years left to achieve that. It’s a thought I’ve been having for at least four months. I have to take the best decision for my future.’
Kockott joined Castres 18 months ago from the Sharks and would become eligible to play for France after serving the three-year residency period.