Rassie lures Koch home

Springbok prop Vincent Koch is set to join up with the Bulls after returning from England in June.

Sources have confirmed that the 27-year-old has agreed to cut short his stay with Saracens and make Pretoria his home at the conclusion of the current English premiership season.

While this is sure to see a spike in Bulls jersey sales, the real winners are the Springboks. Rassie Erasmus, back in his role as SA Rugby director of rugby for less than three months, has successfully lured back a nine-Test scrum anchor to reinforce an already potent group of tightheads that includes Wilco Louw, Coenie Oosthuizen, Frans Malherbe and recently-retreaded loosehead, Thomas du Toit.

Erasmus was at Twickenham on Saturday, scouting England’s performance against Wales in preparation for a three-Test tour to South Africa by the Roses in June.

A secondary objective of the trip was to engage the large contingent of South Africa’s top flight players abroad, with Erasmus reportedly talking to Koch, Duane Vermeulen, JP Pietersen, Jan Serfontein, Frans Steyn, Bismarck du Plessis, Juan de Jongh, Willie le Roux and Faf de Klerk.

It is understood that Erasmus is eager to recall key overseas-based players who have not accrued the minimum of 30 Test caps required to be eligible for Springbok selection.

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Peter

    Not so sure about some of those Rassie is trying to lure back….they might be ok playing for their clubs….but WC material…..aikona!!!
    Steyn, du Plessis, de Jongh and le Roux…..dont inspire me one iota.
    5 or 6 matches at WC way way beyond their abilities….and integrating them into a Bok winning type of rugby might just be pushing things a bit

    • Graham

      His whole intention might just be for these players to come back and help bring the younger guys through faster. He needs these youngsters to be ready world cup time and would be great if they could pass on their knowledge. I would be surprised if most of them make the WC cut. And besides if they do come back to play in SA it would add a lot of depth and experience to our Super Rugby sides which can only be good for SA rugby. Im all for it

  • Chris Mouton

    That’s it, Rassie! Already doing his homework at Twickenham. It would be good if he can lure some experience back as well.

  • Hanrick

    As a Stormers supporter I cringed when I read this heading. Thought Koch is heading back to Cape Town. Was a massive relief to see his going to the Bulls.

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