After a season on the sidelines, Vodacom Western Province scrumhalf Neil de Kock has finally been released to further his career with English club Saracens.
De Kock has not played for WP since obtaining a debilitating knock in the early rounds of this year’s Absa Currie Cup. With Bolla Conradie maintaining a consistent hold on the No 9 jersey and SA U21 star Paul Delport signalling his intent of remaining with the Cape Town union, the 27-year-old former Springbok has had to seek out other options.
A South African career that boasts 10 Test caps and six years of provincial rugby with both WP and the Vodacom Stormers looks to have come to an end, as he will join up with the Premiership side next week.
“We’re delighted to have signed Neil,” said Saracens Director of Rugby Alan Gaffney. “He’s a player we have been interested in for some time and he will be joining up with the squad next Wednesday.
“He’s a very talented ball player and he’s probably been unlucky not to have won more caps with South Africa in recent seasons. He’s got a very good pass, is good from the base of the scrum and plays with a lot of direction.”
Once settled, De Kock will compete with Alan Dickens and Moses Rauluni for a starting spot, but is likely to receive game time due to the greater amount of rugby played in the Northern Hemisphere season.