France selection always Kockott's aim

Date published: September 22 2014

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Castres scrum-half and new France squad member Rory Kockott has revealed that playing for Les Bleus has always been his aim.

Castres scrum-half and new France squad member Rory Kockott has revealed that playing for Les Bleus has always been his aim.

The South African joined Castres in 2011 and has been a roaring success in the Top 14, guiding his club to two league finals and one title.

Having now qualified on residency, Kockott has been named in France's squad for the upcoming November Tests.

There has been much speculation over the last year as to whether Kockott would play for his adopted country or be selected by the Springboks, but now his decision is clear.

Kockott expressed his unsurprising joy when discussing the news that he had been selected by Philippe Saint-André.

He did however add that while the prospect of playing at the Rugby World Cup was hugely appealing, matters with Castres were his priority after a grim start to the season.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to be part of a prestigious team such as France. This is a proud moment,” said Kockott.

“I've been aiming to play for French national side since I arrived in France in 2011.

“In everything I've done in each season, this was the goal I was aiming for and that's why I gave my best.”

“In the training camp I just want to do well with the group of players, to show that I'm happy and what I can do.”

“The Rugby World Cup is a dream for many players. But first I'm going to focus on Castres. It's good to talk about France but first Castres are most important.”

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