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De Kock leaves for Italian adventure


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 12 Aug 2011 at 13:12
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Sharks XV fullback Kobus de Kock has signed a two-year deal with Italian club side Lazio, which will see him leave South Africa on 3 September.

De Kock, a product of Paarl Boys High who smashed the school’s try-scoring record in his Matric year, dotting down 22 times in the 2006 season, joined the Sharks Academy in 2007. He was struck down by injury, though, spending 18 months out of the game as a result of shoulder and knee injuries that required three operations and much rehab to correct. He fought his way back into contention and was a surprise pick – as an uncontracted player -for Sean Everitt’s Vodacom Cup side this year, where he went on to score seven tries in as many appearances, playing at fullback.

De Kock was, alarmingly, not offered a Sharks contract after the Vodacom Cup season and after excelling for College Rovers in the club game for a few months, has decided to further his career in the blue-and-white hoops of Lazio. He’ll be joining up with another former South African in lock Ruahan van Jaarsveld, who incidentally also played a few Vodacom Cup games for the Sharks a couple of years back.

Speaking ahead of his departure, a clearly excited de Kock said that he is “very happy to get out of my comfort zone. It will be something very different for me and I’m sure I will learn a lot and grow up as a rugby player. Everyone wants to go overseas at some stage and my time has just come earlier [than most]. I will be away from home for a long time, but I’m used to that, so it’s cool; it will also be nice to experience Europe and see the different cultures.”

We’d like to wish Kobus all the best for the future and will never forget his many brave exploits in the black and white!



15 Comments

  • Go well Kobus!

    Come back one day and bring that exceptional boot of yours back!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.08.11 13:23:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : yes – I second that. Would be great if he can come back to use after a few years abroad.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.08.11 13:33:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • I wouldn’t be suprised if he stayed there and plays for Italy in the next World Cup. Good luck Kobus. Hate seeing you go..

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.08.11 13:49:24 by Ben Reply
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  • Good luck Kobus

    Not surprised though with Ludik at 15 and Riaan Viljoen on his way. Pity though.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.08.11 13:52:35 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    One of the better attacking fullbacks I have seen in the junior ranks..

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.08.11 13:54:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’m only surprised that it’s an Italian club. He’s not going to develop as much as he would have at an UK or French club.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.08.11 13:59:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 3) : that would be pretty cool for him too…

    Lambert Groenewalt and Meyer Swanepoel have also gone to Italy… all three could play for the Azzuri in time

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.08.11 14:15:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ Van Martin what r u implying? That Italy is no good :evil: I’ll have you know that very soon with all the Kobus’ and Vans joining their ranks my round ball favouring country will soon become a threat to the Boks :lol: besides with all the good food, especially in the Lazio region, he will bulk up quite a bit ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.08.11 14:16:38 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 8) : Pretty much yes. :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.08.11 14:31:48 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : And THAT is why I liked him so much.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.08.11 14:48:52 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Lambert a loose forward? What position does Meyer play? Isn’t Lambert the dude with the professional issues? If you know what I mean.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.08.11 14:51:40 by Ben Reply
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  • @ Vanmartin huh :(

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.08.11 15:22:15 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 12) : Not sure about the ‘huh’? Surely you don’t think Italian club rugby is on the same standard as French/UK club rugby?

    I’m sure he will “learn a lot and grow” from his experience but not to the same degree as a youngster joining the ranks of a French/UK club.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.08.11 15:54:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Meyer swanepoel also played for maties in vc this year.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.08.11 00:30:54 by bergshark Reply

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  • Good luck and all the best to all these former sharks players on their italian rugby adventure.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.08.11 01:18:48 by bergshark Reply

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