Kockott dreams of Test rugby

2013-01-08 19:39

Castres - Rory Kockott has admitted his yearning for international honours, be they with France or his native South Africa, was behind his desire to leave his current club Castres at the end of the season.

Currently second top scorer in the Top 14, the 26-year-old Kockott joined the three-time French champions as a replacement for Thierry Lacrampe 18 months ago.

He promptly nailed down a starting berth at scrumhalf and is currently the second highest scorer in the top flight league behind Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson, having amassed 207 points in 13 matches.

But a Christmas break back in South Africa for his sister's wedding set the cat among Castres' pigeons, with the scrumhalf suddenly announcing he wanted to move on and French media even suggesting he might not return to France.

But Kockott has returned, turning his immediate focus on Castres' European Cup match against Northampton on Friday, but with his long-term view firmly fixed on a transfer.

Big-spending Racing-Metro, who next season will be managed by current Castres coaching duo Laurent Labit and Laurent Travers, are rumoured to be the favoured destination for the former Shark.

"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," Kockott said.

Having spent five seasons with the Sharks where he was understudy to Springbok international Ruan Pienaar, Kockott's decision to join Castres was influenced by the strong contingent of South African players at the club that include Jannie Bornman, Michael Coetzee, Antonie Classon and Pedrie Wannenburg.

But times have moved on, Kockott argued.

"I'm still very young and I'd like to have an international career. Here (in France) or in my country," he said. "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.

"It's true that I could maybe have better opportunities. But I say again, I don't understand why they (Castres officials) want to stop me taking a decision that affects me directly."

Kockott maintains that Castres president Michel Dhomps gave him a verbal agreement for his departure, something denied by the latter.

"It's more important than just business. And no one is irreplaceable. My friend Chris Masoe left (for Toulon in the off-season), he was replaced," he said.

"They can say what they like to me, but there's only one solution: I'd like them to let me leave."


  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2013-01-08 19:56

    You may well be good enough for test honours in France, Rory, but just a little word of a advice - get a decent agent, and shut it.

      terry.burne - 2013-01-08 20:25

      I agree 100% - Rory Kockott was a decent scrumhalf, but inclined to shout his mouth a bit more than necessary. He needs to shut the trap and let his performance on the field do the talking ......... and as you say, get a decent agent.

  • grant.butler.104 - 2013-01-08 21:13

    I certainly would not mind Kockott being signed by WP / Stormers......damn fine player!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-09 00:10

      That's the worst joke I have heard in a long time.

  • - 2013-01-08 21:40

    Nee hel sal beter in pas by Loftus met sy arrogante houding.

      viva.lebok - 2013-01-08 22:23

      Actually he has a typcical red neck arrogant houding, just like puke watson. They could be related.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-09 00:12

      The difference between the Bulls and the Sharks is: the Bulls know they are useless but tell everyone they're the best. The Sharks think they're the best and tells everyone that they are. But everytime they choke, everyone realises they're not the best. And that is why Kockupp will always be a Shark. Thinks he's the best, but is just not good enough.

      Flemstone - 2013-01-09 01:09

      So which SA side is any good Chrisin?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-09 01:52

      Phlegm, that's a stupid question with a very obvious answer. But if you do not know by now, you will never know.

      donavan.boshoff - 2013-01-09 11:33

      pot calling the kettle black hey chrisin? chokers is a tag usually reserved for you poofters down south. congrats on the win in last years currie cup, but the super season starts soon so lets see who goes furthest...

      Flemstone - 2013-01-09 11:41

      Funny calling me phlegm, that's been my nickname for over 2 decades. Flem actually. It was a simple question Chrisin, you're a coward for not answering. You're also a coward for hiding behind a fake name.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-09 00:09

    Not good enough. Try international colours for Zimbabwe.

      Flemstone - 2013-01-09 01:10

      I think any scrumhalf after Du Preez that is showing good form should be considered. Ruan Pienaar is OK for now.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-09 01:53

      Agreed. That disqualifies Kockupp.

      maniem1 - 2013-01-09 11:05

      They will find a mutch better scrum half in Pretoruis fro the cheetas now that man can play. Best in S.A by far

  • jjskosana - 2013-01-09 07:06

    come home play. Pienaar and hougie suck

  • jjskosana - 2013-01-09 07:07

    come home play. Pienaar and hougie suck

  • Ubabamkhulu - 2013-01-09 10:37

    Maybe he must come and play for Kaizer Chiefs. They can do with some good gaol kicking. And I am not talking about Soccer, I am talking about KC's rugby club.

  • carin.venter.7 - 2013-01-09 19:35

    That's right buddy,lower ur standards and join the French.Arrogant little prick

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