Springboks

1 decision that may haunt Heyneke Meyer

2013-10-31 07:45
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Answer: The decision NOT to pick Rory Kockott for the Springboks' end of year tour.

The former Sharks and Lions scrumhalf was key to Castres winning the Top 14 last season, finishing as the top-scorer in the competition with 376 points - and was man of the match in the final, scoring 13 of Castres' points and dotting down his team's only try of the match in their 19-14 win over Toulon.

Kockott, 27, was also named Top 14 Players' Player of the Year for the 2012/13 season.

Although his club are currently ninth out of 14 in the current season after 10 games, the competition has yet to reach its halfway mark.

Earlier this year, Kockott said he had not given up on his dream to play for the Springboks, but that he would be equally proud to play for Les Bleus if picked.

Because he has never earned a cap for the Springboks, Kockott will become eligible to play for France next year under the three-year residency rule.

A sneaky call-up from Meyer would've denied Kockott the chance of playing for France, where he could come back to haunt the Springboks, if picked.

He tweeted this message shortly after the recent Springbok announcement: "Just have to sometimes keep your head down, and keep working to that next milestone. A man on the plough never looks back"


Rory Kockott with his Top 14 Player of the Year award. (Rory Kockott via Twitter)


Rory Kockott rocket!

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