Cape Town - Star Stormers prop Vincent Koch
will not be available for Western Province in this year’s Currie Cup.
According to Netwerk24, Koch’s contract
with the Pumas lasts until the end of 2016 and his home union has no intention
of letting him go.
“He will play (Currie Cup rugby) for me in
2015 and 2016,” said Pumas president Hein Mentz.
“Our viewpoint is that we give players
opportunities to improve. Therefore, we made Vincent available to the Stormers
and Renaldo Bothma and Giant Mtyanda to the Sharks.
“Vincent was loaned to the Stormers because
the Lions, our franchise partner, didn’t regard him as good enough.”
Mentz added that there is still uncertainty
regarding the franchise composition for next year’s expanded Super Rugby
Should the Pumas again form part of the
Lions franchise, then that franchise would have first option to utilise Koch,
otherwise he could return to play for the Stormers.
When probed about the possibility of
selling Koch to Western Province on a permanent basis, Mentz said: “Money can’t
buy everything. We have a long-term vision here. If you make short-term
decisions, it could cost you in the long run.”
Koch has been a standout performer for the
Stormers this year and with Frans Malherbe likely away at the Boks, his absence
would be felt by WP in the Currie Cup.