Another Shark linked to Ulster

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 25 Feb 2010 at 09:44
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Just a few day’s after John Plumtree’s admission in the press that Rory Kockott lacks the “passing game” to seriously be considered ahead of Ruan Pienaar for the Sharks number 9 jersey, comes a rumour linking Kockott to a move to Ulster.

There is no shortage of former Sharks at Ravenhill, with BJ Botha currently there and Johann Muller on his way after the Super 14. The Irishmen are pretty desperate to sign a quality scrumhalf, having lost Isaac Boss to Leinster. They apparently spoke to Pienaar as well, but his wage demands ruled him out.

Nothing is firm at this stage, of course, as these are just rumours, but it’s really not too surprising that Rory Kockott is starting to look around a little. We’ve been lead to believe that a certain Supersport commentator, himself a former Ulster representative, may have been doing a spot of moonlighting in Durban on behalf of the Belfast team.

In other news, Crusaders forwards coach Mark Hammet is apparently now the clear favourite to succeed Colin Cooper as head coach of the Hurricanes in 2011. Despite protestations to the contrary from both Brian van Zyl and Plumtree, there’s a strong suspicion in Durban that the latter may still have his sights (and hopes) set on the Canes job. One wonders how this development will change the situation.

More on these as they develop.


  • I don’t blame Rory if the rumours are true. I must admit that I’am a little concerned about the way the union is treating it’s players. We sure have lost some great talent over the years and hope it will come to an end.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.10 10:05:54 by Farlington Reply
  • No surprise, you speak about your players to the press they will leave. That is not the only reason, the biggest reason is Ruan wanting to play scrummie and Ruan will no doubt get his way. Then where does that leave Rory? Rory being messed about at the Sharks so was Steyn. We mess them about they will always leave. Ruan may be next, but he seems to get his way. So maybe not.

    Need to get another good kicker for the Sharks. This Goode is just there temporary.

    Too many problems now creeping in. What happened to our youngster that played in the U21’s Shark side? Heard we sold him too. Now that was very daft if we done that, as thought he was actually a good player. Must keep our own talent.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.10 10:07:45 by Puma Reply
  • Good luck to Rory. Two years ago I thought he was the best scrummie and never even got a look in from the Bok coach. He probably never will. So needs to move on and make the cash now. Never played for SA so he may have a chance for another country.

    All the best Rory you deserve it.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.10 10:09:30 by Puma Reply
  • Rory will love it up at Ravenhill…..will be joining a quality outfit as well…… big loss for the Sharks, just how big will be illustrated when Ruan and Andy combine !

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.10 10:13:48 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Rob….some rumours doing the rounds on keo that either Straueli or Jake White are being lined up as Head Coach after super 14….may be worth having a look see for you up there…

    This was inevitable….regretfully. I always liked Kockitt. But Ruan is the premier 9….and will hopefully get back to top form if given game time in his favored position.

    Rome is burning there.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.10 10:14:08 by grant10 Reply

  • would be interesting if White did get the sharks job. He is on record as having advised Smit to retire after the Lions tour….and is against Smit at 3…..!

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.10 10:15:54 by grant10 Reply

  • You really can’t blame Rory if the rumour’s true. I would also bugger off if I was him, slated in public by his coach as he’s been.

    If Rory does go we’ll lose our most consistent kicker. With our Sharkies not scoring tries we’ll have to rely on penalty kicks to try and win games. Without a good kicker that’s not going to happen.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.10 10:16:45 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 5) : Straeuli is lined up to manage the Under 21s while the Currie Cup is on, so hoping we might dodge that bullet. Still, he always has a plan and if he manages to engineer Plum’s exit, there’s very little doubt in my mind that he’d put his name into the hat. Jake White’s name is bound to come up, but I reckon that will happen over van Zyl’s dead body. Todd Louden’s name came up as well.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.10 10:17:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 5) : If Straueli gets the job I’m sticking someone from Mossad for a free weekend in Durbs 👿

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.10 10:18:47 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : interesting ….thanks Rob…i never knew there was heat between van zyl and White….

    @rhineshark (Comment 9) : LOL

    yeah….i think that would be a very strange move…appointing Straueli that is…

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.10 10:28:12 by grant10 Reply

  • Plums comments are not smart. He is basically saying that if the sharks get there flyhalf situation right he will sit on the bench for sure(kockett). I feel this is not a good way to go about things, competition for places should be the name of the game. Kockett has been such a good servant for The Sharks it would be a shame if he does leave. If he does my bet is on the Sharks luring in Jano Vermaak, but once again contracts will probably be an issue with the lions. I hope someone sent support message for Rory specifically, we need our players to stay in Durbs. Why go to a freezing place in Europe and never see the sun and not hit the waves? I dunno. Durbs and super rugby is the place to be.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.02.10 10:36:04 by JJR Reply
  • Lets be realistic now.
    Plumtrees interview where he chose Pienaars passing game was 2 days ago. Rory had obviously been in discussions before that and while being first choice scrummy. Think about it chronologically and maybe.
    Maybe Plum is pissed of with Rory for looking around while being oin the inside lane. Just a thought.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.02.10 10:36:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : Could be True, i would also be pissed off.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.02.10 10:40:52 by JJR Reply
  • Can`t we organise an ” exhange ” programme with Butch rather. Send Pienaar up to Bath to ” find himself and his game”

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.02.10 10:43:01 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : i would go with Jack he knows what he is doing and well got the world cup for us and if i’m correct he coach the sharks also for a while did he not ❓

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.02.10 10:47:13 by Charmaine Reply

  • They should let the public and players vote between Strauli and Jake White. It`ll be a landslide . . .

    Why can`t the big guy just take a hint. We don`t like him!

    Find him a job with the Watsons` at the Southern King Assegaaie . .

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.02.10 10:50:56 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 16) : got no idea just make it plain to him he must ef o&^%$#@f 😈 😡 😎 ➡ 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.02.10 10:59:22 by Charmaine Reply

  • Perhaps Rory will even return to the Lions and play under Dick…

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.02.10 11:07:03 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 18) : well wait and c 😉 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.02.10 11:15:14 by Charmaine Reply

  • Its also kind of refreshing that Plum was so honest…I mean Kockett’s option taking – or better yet seemingly only using one option and thats a tendency to always attack the blind side – was one of the primary reasons we lost against the cheetahs!

    Pienaar as a scrumhalf was central to our re-emergence as an attacking side under Dick Muir, we’ll all need to remember this.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.02.10 11:22:36 by neilster Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 1) : I agree 100%.

    I’ve got a soft spot for Rory and would hate seeing him leave but there surely seems to be something wrong at the Sharks (on the management side). Monty wanted to go the the Freestate (on loan) and they got him to stay and where is he, at home playing for the Sharks XV, I’m sure that’s not where he wanted to be.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.02.10 11:29:53 by Nita Reply

  • I honestly don’t believe Ruan is a better scrummie than Rory. Definitely, definitely not as consistent.

    Good luck Rory.

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.02.10 11:37:00 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @neilster (Comment 20) : Honesty is not an excuse to be mean and vindictive. Plum is pro….he knows that there are better less publically humilating ways of handling situations like that.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.02.10 11:54:34 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 23) :
    Do you know for sure that Plumtree did not clarify this with Rory and that Rory was OK with it before he made it public and do we know for sure that the words werent taken out of context.

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.02.10 12:13:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 2) : My post there, meant to say our U21’s FH was sold if I remember correct. Where is he now? Why do we sell our youngsters? Need to keep them at the Sharks.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.02.10 12:18:04 by Puma Reply

  • Hey this my first post ever,and i have been loving sharks world for a while now,always great updates and news thanks to all who provide this,with regards to the u21 fly half who left,it was Tian Meyer,awesome player and i was at school with him!he joined the pumas. It was not that we did not offer him contract i think it was they offered more money

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.02.10 14:20:50 by Neil.watson Reply

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  • i think rory will suit nh rugby better anyway. maybe not such a bad move for the guy.

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.02.10 14:24:57 by try time Reply

  • JuSt a thought on the whole fly half issue!there is a guy playing for glen wood first team,he played for craven week last year and was really good!i think he will take the position in about 3 years time,keep a look out for him.

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.02.10 14:30:44 by Neil.watson Reply

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  • @Neil.watson (Comment 28) : you mean Fred Z?

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.02.10 14:37:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Neil.watson (Comment 28) : a name would help. 😆 i can’t go asking all young flyhalves if they played for glenwood. 😆

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.02.10 14:38:31 by try time Reply

  • @Neil.watson (Comment 26) : Welcome to Sharksworld 😀

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.02.10 14:38:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : thanks rob. now we can go, hey thats the guy neil.watson mentioned three years ago. hell neil should take adolfs job. 😆

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.02.10 14:39:40 by try time Reply

  • @Neil.watson (Comment 26) : welcome to the site, by the way. I was very upset to see tian go. Highly rated by his peers

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.02.10 14:39:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ag let’s forget about who is going where.

    Just Say Who is going to be here tomorrow morning 08:35 SA time.

    GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be here!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.02.10 14:47:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Forgive my ignorance but HOW TRUE is this about Piennaar who wants to allegedly move to 9? It is always the story that someone else says that RP wants to play somwhere but never hear anything from RP directly!?

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.02.10 16:17:34 by Reply
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    Well it isn’t a nameless source. And i would like to think that Plumtree wouldn’t lie about what he has been told by Pienaar.

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.02.10 17:01:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) :

    but what is the context? Plum goes to RP “you want to play 9?” RP “yes coach” – he would probably say yes to 15 if asked directly!
    Just would like to know the in-side story. Is RP unhappy with 10? Or does he see himself edging out FdP at 9? If he has any brains he would stick to 10 for a spot in the Springbok team. This 9 BS is not what his career needs!

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.02.10 17:14:26 by Reply
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    No context needed IMO. Plumtree revealed that Pienaar had requested to play more often at No.9 and reduce his workload at flyhalf.

    requested, not agreed.

    Maybe it is as simple as a player knowing his limitations (wouldn’t that be a breath of fresh air) and realising that Steyn is the #1 Bok choice and while FdP may be the #1 at 9, RP may feel he has more to offer at 9.

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.02.10 17:22:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) :

    I have never herad it from the horses mouth – and the way Plums is fooking up the Sharks I don’t know if he is genuine! 👿

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.02.10 17:30:13 by Reply
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    Why would he lie in the media with something that will CERTAINLY have a big reaction?

    There is no reason for it.

    Unfortunately or Fortunately, whichever way you look at it, I am not one who believes Plaum is 100% at fault here. This is the same coach that took almsot this entire team to Champion status in the Currie Cup.

    Something is up with the team but don’t give the coach all the blame. Rather look at some of the players’ mental issues, the press is picking on me, I don’t like what is being said about me, I want to play there not here, Howcome he is playing ahead of me, etc.

    And the other thing which i have been quiet about Hugh Reece-Edwards. Nothing has changed in the backs since he arrived, so what did he really do? If anything.

    Let’s first see how we do on tour without Reece-Edwards.

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.02.10 17:40:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 40) :

    I hope you guys get it together – the forwards are awesome if concentrating on the job at hand! the backs are much better than they are showing but all seem so hesitant with ball in hand!? Pressure?

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.02.10 17:58:18 by Reply
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    We can only hope it is not pressure, because that doesn’t go away. 😕

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.02.10 18:08:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Ja chaps, same sh|t, different day. Theres so much shananigans now in the sharks camp! I just hope we end fourth of the SA teams.
    We still have McLEOD and Cronje, but Rory will be a big loss. He is head strong and always plays with confidence.

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.02.10 20:18:36 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @Nita (Comment 21) : nita i dont think monty really wanted to go to free state ,news of him moving was even a supprise to him

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.02.10 21:47:39 by cameron Reply

  • Note to the lads on the UAFC forum… apologies for the Dublin/Belfast thing. Must have been a serious brainfart on may side. A case of thinking one thing and typing another.

    This is indeed a circular reference, though… I got the tip from my mate at the RFC!

  • Comment 45, posted at 26.02.10 01:06:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Neil.watson (Comment 28) : welcome its a great site and we do have fun 😉

  • Comment 46, posted at 27.02.10 05:33:16 by Charmaine Reply


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