Who is Vincent Koch: Ten Things You Should Know About the Springboks Prop
Some of his Saracens teammates have described Vincent Koch as the best flying head in the world, but he has often had to secure a place in the South Africa Bench.
Here’s an insight into the Springboks front row rowers.
Ten things you should know about Vincent Koch
1 – Vincent Koch was born in Empangeni, Kwa Zulu-Natal, on 13 March 1990 and attended Huguenot High School in the Western Cape between 2004 and 2008.
2. She played a prop for the University of Pretoria, which also helped produce Victor Matfield, Nas Botha and Jost van der Westhuizen, before representing the Blue Bulls and Pumas in the Corey and Stormers Cup.
In 2016, he played for South Africa A in their domestic series against England Saxons.
3. Koch made his Test debut for South Africa at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship in July 2015.
4. In the summer of 2016, Koch joined the militants in the Middle East English Premier League.
Before the team went down after the salary cap scandal in 2020, he helped Saracens win twice European Champions Cups And two domestic league titles.
He was also a mainstay for Saracens’ promotion from the championship in 2021 and made his 100th appearance for the club in the second leg of the final against Ealing in June 2021.
5. Koch ranked his Premier League Final victory over Exeter in 2019, with a score of 37-34, and the Champions League final against Leinster, with a 20-10 victory at St James’ Park in the same year, as his first two matches in his first 100 matches. Muslim shirt.
6. Koch is a Springbok golf prop, claiming a “nine or 10” handicap.
In response to a question about his dream of four-ball, he said: “Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Ricky Fowler and Dustin Johnson. I was going to smash it and make it a five-ball.”
7. A move to England may have spoiled Koch’s international career and he played no Test between November 2016 and October 2018.
The repeal of the 30 caps rule, whereby South African players residing abroad had to have 30 caps or more to play for the Springboks, made him eligible again and Rasi Erasmus brought it back.
8. Koch was the inaugural Tbilisi Cup winner when he was part of the 15th president of South Africa that beat Uruguay, emerging Ireland and hosts Georgia in 2013.
Reynaldo Bothma, a Namibian-born, South African-born back-row player who has spent time at Harlequins, was also on the team.
9. In 2019 Rugby World Cup In Japan, Koch was part of South Africa’s “Bomb Squad” – the bench players who came to finish matches. At the tournament he was a substitute in all three knockout matches as the Boks were victorious.
“Either they come and fix it when things aren’t going well in the park or it’s a false alarm and maybe they don’t get into the park,” said head coach Rasi Erasmus.
10. In June 2021, Koch tested positive for Covid-19 before South Africa’s first test match against Georgia, which was a warm-up for the British and Irish. Lions 2021 a series.
He missed the Georgia game, the Bucks’ first test since the 2019 FIFA World Cup Final, but was fit to return to international play as part of South Africa’s A-team to face the Lions two weeks later.
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