Having played a starring role for the Sharks XV during last year’s Vodacom Cup campaign, many observers were surprised when fullback Kobus de Kock did not go on to repeat those exploits for the Sharks in the Currie Cup side that year.
In fact, the highly-rated schoolboy from the Western Cape, who lost ground during his junior days due to a set of catastrophic injuries, was not offered a contract by the Sharks and rather opted to head abroad to Lazio in Italy, where he spent a season before returning to play for Rovers in Durban.
Yet another series of great performances in that famous blue strip, coupled with yet another win for the top KZN side at National Club Champs, have seen De Kock’s star rise once more and on the back of those performances, he’s been offered a “second chance” at professional rugby with the Lions, whom he will join for next season. He will move up to Johannesburg in November and initially begin pre-season training with the UJ Varsity Cup squad, to become available to the Lions later once their program for the 2013 season has been confirmed.
De Kock is obviously thrilled with the opportunity to finally get going as a professional rugby player on the local scene, but also cannot give enough praise to the people at Rovers who have backed him – in particular head coach Robert du Preez. While he’ll be missed in Durban, we’d like to wish Kobus all the best for his new adventure.Tweet