Werner Kok

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Werner Kok
Date of birth (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Nelspruit, South Africa
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb; 203 lb)
School Hoërskool Nelspruit, Nelspruit
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre / Winger
Youth Career
2009–2011 Pumas
2012 Western Province
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 Western Province 15 (30)
Correct as of 20 April 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–present South Africa Sevens 166 (370)
Correct as of 20 April 2018
Medal record
Rugby World Cup Sevens
Bronze medal – third place 2018 San Francisco Team
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Glasgow Team
World Games
Gold medal – first place 2013 Cali Team

Werner Kok (born 17 January 1993) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the South African Sevens team.[1] His regular position is centre or winger.

He was a member of the South African Sevens team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Rugby career

Youth

At high school level, Kok represented the Pumas at the Under-16 2009 Grant Khomo Week and also at the Under-18 Craven Week tournament in 2011, where he scored a try in their match against Boland.[2]

In 2012, he moved to Cape Town, where he represented the Western Province U19 side during the 2012 Under-19 Provincial Championship. He made eleven appearances for them in the competition. He scored one try during the regular season – their second-last match against Free State U19[3] – and scored a second try for the side in the final against the Blue Bulls U19 to help them to a 22–18 victory to see them win the championship.[4]

South African Sevens

In 2013, Kok became involved with the South African Sevens side. He made his debut for them at the 2013 London Sevens, the final event of the 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series. He didn't play in the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in June 2013, but he did represent South Africa at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia, where South Africa won the event, beating Argentina in the final.

He established himself as a regular for South Africa during the 2013–14 IRB Sevens World Series, including their wins at the 2013 South Africa Sevens and the 2014 USA Sevens. He was also included in their squad that played at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, helping his side all the way to the final, where they got a 17–12 victory over a New Zealand that won the previous four tournaments.[5]

Kok was named the World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year for 2015 following his performances in the 2014–15 IRB Sevens World Series, where he was also the leading tackler in the series.[6]

2016 Summer Olympics

Kok was included in a 12-man squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[7] He was named as a substitute for their first match in Group B of the competition against Spain, with South Africa winning the match 24–0.[8][9]

References

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Werner Kok". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Pumas 51-26 Boland". South African Rugby Union. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 31-16 Toyota Free State Cheetahs". South African Rugby Union. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 22-18 Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Glasgow 2014 – Men's Rugby Sevens Gold Medal Match". Glasgow 2014 – XX Commonwealth Games. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Daniel Carter named World Rugby Player of the Year 2015". World Rugby. 1 November 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Rugby Sevens squad for Olympics named". South African Rugby Union. 14 July 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Men Schedule & Results – Olympic Rugby Sevens (RSA–ESP)". Rio 2016. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Olympic Games Men's Sevens, Match 2". World Rugby. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
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