Kockott gets top award in France

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Original Content on 22 Oct 2013 at 09:55
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Former Sharks scrumhalf Rory Kockott has received one of the most coveted awards when he was voted as the league’s Top 14 player of the year (Player’s Player of the Year) at the awards ceremony in Paris.

Sport24 reports that the 27 year old was the league’s leading scorer last season with 376 points ahead of nearest rival Johnny Wilkinson who finished on 373 points (what a slacker!) :mrgreen:

Kockott’s Castres team claimed their first French title for 20 years when they upset Toulon 19-14 in last season’s Championship final.

The diminutive scrumhalf was instrumental as he scored a try and kicked 8 points to propel Castres to their first league title since 1993.

Sharksworld would like to congratulate Rory on his achievement and we sincerely hope John Smit is taking note of his former teammate’s exploits.

I think I speak for all on SW by saying that Rory would be an asset to not just the Sharks but to Springbok rugby too!!


  • I don’t watch much NH rugby but from some highlights I’ve seen he’s been playing well.

    Is he more of a team player now or is he just playing good individualistic rugby?

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.10.13 10:02:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I truly hope HM picks him before France does.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.10.13 10:03:16 by bokbok Reply

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  • @bokbok (Comment 2) : I wonder whether he would decline a Bok selection?

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.10.13 10:18:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Pure pure class,he qualifies to play for France next year,it a no brainer considering the way he was treated at Sharks & SA rugby in general.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.10.13 10:48:53 by benji Reply
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  • You go boy!

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.10.13 11:12:08 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • sharks need to get him back.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.10.13 12:38:03 by pete69 Reply

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  • I read somewhere that playing for the Springboks would be first choice. Obviously if that doesn’t happen soon, he would happily run out for France.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.10.13 13:07:43 by bokbok Reply

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  • Think he’s going to play for France next year so he would not sign for Sharks.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.10.13 13:15:09 by JD Reply
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  • SA would never cap a player (debut) based overseas – he has to be back in SA first.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.10.13 15:01:29 by Morné Reply
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  • but Kockott is such a talent. Do we have any other scrummies that are as good as him?

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.10.13 15:09:13 by Tiny Reply

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  • Well done,was sad to see kockott leave the sharks for lions-just hope smit can somehow convince him to return to sa.but will need to happen asap.when does his castres contract end?

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.10.13 17:40:01 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @Tiny (Comment 10) :

    His pedigree is not questioned, but it is a matter of principle and setting a precedent.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.10.13 18:45:48 by Morné Reply
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  • Wading a bit late here;
    Have you okes been smoking some strong stuff or what?
    Kockett was nothing more than an average scrumhalf in SA, with a great goal-kicking record. Hell, he couldn’t even make starting scrumhalf at the Lions under John Mitchell. Why? Because he hogs the ball, and possibly also – as i understand it – is the antithesis of a team man. Massively over-estimates himself. I remember hearing a radio interview with Keegan Daniel a couple of yrs back where he was asked to provide two words to describe every teammate. When it came to Kockett, he said “No Comment”! So what if he is player of the Top 15, it is not exactly the Heineken cup! :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.10.13 11:05:40 by neilster Reply

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  • @neilster (Comment 13) : goalkicking wins matches.

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.10.13 11:54:44 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

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  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 14) : So does a flyhalf that gets the ball and feeds a backline :)

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.10.13 12:31:32 by neilster Reply

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  • @neilster (Comment 15) : I remember him doing just that,flat hard off the deck, putting backline ,FS,on frontfoot and having that split second advantage. No 9 can do that in SA anymore,Hougaard comes close but that’s it. He also brought so much else ,like Bissie,to the game,off the ball havoc,disrupting opposition,sublime kicking,he could put ball through sticks from B field. Look at the rubbish we have at 9 now at Sharks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.10.13 12:49:11 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 16) : How can you compare Bissie to Kockett, one is the world’s no 1 hooker and the other couldn’t hold down a starting position at either the Sharks or Lions? I’m not disputing that he was a good goal kicker that won us a few matches, but in a large proportion of those there was no backline fluency to speak of, for which he was significant component of. How ironic that he should bail us out with shots at goal! Anyway this is all IMO, but there is a reason that John Mitchell could not even find a place for him in his attacking game plan at the Lions. Its interesting anyway, how people’s favourites differ so vastly…as does there memory.Here is a little trip down memory lane;

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.10.13 19:50:48 by neilster Reply

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  • @neilster (Comment 17) : Rather shortsighted of you to judge a player on what he did 3 years ago. Players do change over time as they mature, learn and pick up experience. A team should be picked both on form and ability and not ignored because they had some bad habits in their youth.

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.10.13 21:15:58 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @neilster it seems to me that the coach of Castres may have a different point of view to that of some of the SA coaches. Btw helping your team win a national league in one of the top rugby nations is not a small thing. I’m also quite sure that come next year he will be playing for France!!!!! So you need not worry as I’m sure no amount of money will get him back in SA.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.10.13 21:29:45 by JD Reply
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  • A @MysticShark (Comment 18) : Not at all, my argument was a reaction based on what other commenters were saying his level of contribution was when he was at the Sharks, which IMO is factually incorrect, and believe me I’m not alone. Also, Pienaar was player of the Magners league and he didn’t comeback and light any fireworks did he…
    Rather shortsighted of you not to read my comments properly. By the way, just so we are being factual here Kockett left in June 2011 not 2010 ie 2yrs and not 3 yrs.

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.10.13 13:14:55 by neilster Reply

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  • Hope he stays there and gets a French call up

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.10.13 14:12:57 by Gerrietheshark Reply

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