Rugby

Kockott: Boks don't need me

2014-01-09 12:00
Rory Kockott (AFP)
Cape Town - South African scrumhalf Rory Kockott believes Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is not interested in his services.

The former Sharks and Lions scrumhalf has been a revelation since joining French Top 14 side, Castres, in 2011.

Last season, he was a key member in the Castres team that won the French Top 14 for the first time in 20 years when they stunned big-spenders Toulon 19-14 in the final.

He has continued that form this season, with several big French clubs now hunting his signature.

Sport24 reported last year that the 27-year-old has a burning ambition to play Test rugby.

In September 2013 he told the Rugbydump website: "I'm a strong believer that if I'm playing the best rugby of my career, I'll catch the attention of the selectors back home. But if that doesn't work out, I hope to do well enough to get into the French team. I'm still very young and I'd like to have an international career," said Kockott.

Since then, Kockott seems to have changed opinion slightly, and now believes France may be his only option.

"Certain coaches believe in certain players. It doesn't look like Heyneke Meyer (Springbok coach) needs me. He has Fourie du Preez and rates Ruan Pienaar highly. He also picked other scrumhalves and sees potential in Louis Schreuder," Kockott told Die Burger's website.

Kockott will become eligible to play for France when the Southern Hemisphere teams tour Europe at the end of 2014 and said he would strongly consider playing for the Tricolores - should they pick him.

"All that I can do is to play as well as I possibly can. The one thing I've seen here (in France) is that  there is a place in a team for someone that gives their all."

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