Koch itching for Bok debut

Date published: July 9 2015

Vincent Koch won't win his first cap this weekend but that won't stop him giving everything in his first game for the Springboks.

South Africa take on a World XV in Cape Town in an uncapped encounter, with Koch named on the bench for the game by coach Heyneke Meyer.

It's reward for an impressive season with the Stormers, and while Koch will have to wait a little longer to earn his first cap, he intends to treat Saturday's game like a capped international.

"Coach Heyneke sees this as a Test. He doesn’t see it as a friendly. No game for the Boks is a friendly," Koch told reporters in Cape Town on Wednesday. 

"He sees it as a Test. I know I won’t be capped this weekend, but I’m just as excited as I would have been had I received my cap.

"The coach said I shouldn’t try to do anything different. I just have to play my game like I did with the Stormers. He said I should just stick to that.

"I was good enough there, and he just wants me to carry that form into the Springboks. So I won’t change much, it will be exactly the same as I did at the Stormers.

"We are a lot of props at the moment, but we all have a chance and we’re all good players and for me to become better I’m going to boost the other props as well."