Sharks winger Werner Kok signs for Irish province


Sharks winger and former World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, Werner Kok will join Ulster on a two-year deal in the summer.

A destructive and dynamic winger, who is known for his work rate, Kok’s all-action play has earned him the nickname ‘Tarzan’, with a nod to his athleticism and flowing locks.

The 31-year-old is a former Blitzbok champion and has been a stalwart for his nation in the Sevens game, with honours including a 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold and a bronze medallist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Those skills and fitness in the Sevens have transferred to success in the 15s game, with Kok showing impressive try-scoring form for the Sharks since joining in 2020, following stints at Western Province and French Top 14 giants, Toulouse.

Kok has also shown his ball-carrying and tackling ability in the centre position for the Sharks, making him an exciting option for Ulster’s backfield.

“I am looking forward to starting a new adventure in my career with Ulster Rugby and can’t wait to become an Ulster man!” Kok said.

“I want to thank Ulster and the team for this incredible opportunity. I hope to make you proud on and off the field.

Moving from South Africa will be a big change for me and my wife but it’s a challenge that we are very excited for. See you soon Belfast!”

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