Updated: Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:55:21 GMT

Kockott keen on playing for France

Castres' South African scrum-half Rory Kockott has a burning ambition to play Test rugby, and could end up representing France.


Kockott keen on playing for France

Kockott keen on playing for France

Castres' South African scrum-half Rory Kockott has a burning ambition to play Test rugby, and could end up representing France.

The former Sharks and Lions number nine has been a revelation since joining the Top 14 champions in 2011.

Last year, he played a crucial role in helping Castres win the Top 14 title for the first time in 20 years when they stunned Toulon 19-14 in the final.

Kockott was again on song over the weekend when they beat the same opponents 22-15. He kicked 17 points, including a huge drop goal after his 60m penalty attempt hit the posts.

According to the Rugbydump website, Kockott will become eligible to play for France in 2014.

And while he admits that he would love to play Test rugby for his native South Africa, he revealed that playing for France would also be the realisation of a dream.

"I'm a strong believer that if I'm playing the best rugby of my career, I'll catch the attention of the selectors back home," said Kockott.

"But if that doesn't work out, I hope to do well enough to get into the French team. I'm still very young (27) and I'd like to have an international career.

"Here (in France) or in my country. I have three or four years left to achieve that."

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