Springbok tighthead prop Vincent Koch, who joined the national squad in Port Elizabeth on Monday evening, said he still had a burning desire to add to his number of Test caps. The front ranker joined the Boks from Saracens in England, where he plays club rugby, and had his first training run with the squad on Tuesday afternoon. Koch represented the Springboks in 10 Tests, the last of which was against Italy in 2016. On Tuesday, the friendly prop fronted the media at the team’s hotel in Port Elizabeth, where they are based for Saturday’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Koch spoke passionately about his big desire to play once more in the Green and Gold. He said he was overjoyed when Rassie Erasmus, the SA Rugby Director of Rugby, contacted him about joining the squad. “It’s a great honour to be back and didn’t really expect it,” said Koch. “You keep watching the Boks, even if you are overseas. It is a new squad and new … [Read more...]
About Alan Straton: Passionate about Port Elizabeth and definitely NOT packing for Perth. Alan's ethos is epitomised in the words of Nelson Mandela; "I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society. If need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."