Lions snap up Kockott

Rory Kockott will continue his career in Johannesburg next season after signing a new deal with the Lions.

After four seasons with the Sharks, scrumhalf Kockott confirmed his move to the Lions on Thursday. The Sharks were planning to offer him a six-month contract extension, but after losing his first-choice spot to Charl McLeod this season and with extra competition from new signing Conrad Hoffman, Kockott decided to return to the Lions, who he last played for in 2006.

However, the Lions No 9 jersey will still be a tough contest for Kockott next season with Jano Vermaak, JP Joubert, Chris Jonck and Leopards scrumhalf Michael Bondesio all competing for a starting place.

The Lions are building a strong squad ahead of 2011 with wing Lionel Mapoe, hooker Bandise Maku, flanker Michael Rhodes and prop Pat Cilliers all signed this year. The Lions are also trying to lure prop Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira (Sharks), flyhalf Butch James (Bath, England) and utility back Frans Steyn (Racing Metro, France) with lucrative deals.