Unfinished business



November 18, 2016
Unfinished business

STILL A 7s MAN: Bok Werner Kok

Werner still has a lot of cooking to do in Sevens.

Sevens superstar
Werner Kok’s transition to the XV-man game is in progress.

But the 23-year-old is patient and is more than happy to play for the Blitzbokke for at least the next two years.

Kok, who won the 2015 World Sevens Player of the Year award, played for Western Province in the Currie Cup this year.

And while he will be looking to do so again next season, he still has some unfinished business on the Sevens circuit.

Kok explains: “For the next two years I’ll be with the Sevens team, and I haven’t made any decisions after that.

“I want to get back to where I was [when I won the award in 2015]. I haven’t played a lot of Sevens this year and hopefully I can make the Dream Team again and win the Player of the Year again [in years to come].”

But the ultimate prize for any rugby player in South Africa is to don the Springbok jersey and Kok is no different.

He says: “[To play in the Currie Cup] is something I wanted to do in previous years, but for now it’s about getting my foot in the door in the XV’s code.

“Every single player in South Africa wants to play for the Springboks one day, it doesn’t matter where you are playing – the dream is in everyone’s books.

“There is a chance that I can play Super Rugby when the Sevens Series concludes at the end of May.”

While he has been played on the wing, Kok admits that he is actually more at home in the outside centre berth where he will be closer to the action.

He adds: “I prefer centre – outside centre. On the wing, you don’t get the ball that often and you are less involved. I like to be involved.”

Kok will be involved when the Blitzbokke try to defend their Cape Town Sevens crown at the start of next month and his opposition will know that he is one of the hosts’ stars to watch at the spectacle.

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