Currie Cup

Koch relishing Stormers return

2015-10-16 13:04
Vincent Koch (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Tighthead prop Vincent Koch is determined to make a bigger impact during his second season of Super Rugby with the Stormers in 2016.

Koch proved to be one of the standout performers during Super Rugby this year, helping the Stormers finish on top of the South African conference.

The 25-year-old was part of the Cape side’s dominant front row, excelling in the No 3 jersey as he showed great pedigree at the scrums. He also added notable value on attack and defence by carrying the ball effectively, making strong tackles and clearing at the rucks.

This earned him a surprise Springbok call-up and he went on to make three appearances for South Africa against the World XV, Argentina and the All Blacks.

Although he didn’t make the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad, Koch describes 2015 as a “dream season”.

“I’m still surprised when I look back to everything that happened for me this season. I’m very happy with my achievements. I learned so much and I hope to build on this going into 2016,” Koch told

“I’m very grateful for all the opportunities I received at the Stormers and Springboks. While this gave me the opportunity to prove myself at higher levels, I was able to receive great mentorship from the experienced senior players and coaches around me, adding to my development.

“The ride through Super Rugby came with many good memories and challenges. In a Springbok context, it was an honour representing my country. The Test against Argentina was very tough and definitely a new learning curve, but I’m glad I’ve been able to bounce back stronger. I’m a better player because of that experience. Right now, I’m also injury-free, which is a blessing.

“I took that experience back with me to the Pumas during the Currie Cup. Now I’m looking forward to playing a second season of Super Rugby with the Stormers.”

The Pumas prop added that the highly-anticipated arrival of experienced coach Eddie Jones is something he’s excited about.

“It’s great to hear about a guy like Eddie Jones coaching the Stormers next season. He will come with a wealth of experience, having coached in many international competitions before. I’m sure I will be able to improve across the board with his input and advice,” said Koch.

Koch believes his personal rise through the rugby ranks proves that players based at the non-Super Rugby unions are able to add value in top competitions.

Off the field, Koch is also excited to be back in Cape Town, which he describes as “the best city in South Africa”.

“I’m from the Cape, so I love spending time there,” said Koch. “The city is so vibrant and there’s so much excitement around rugby. When I have some free time, I like spending time on the golf course. I usually play with Johnny Kotze, Ruan Botha and Steven Kitshoff. All the Stormers guys are very competitive!”

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