Saracens keep hold of their Bok

Springbok scrum-half Neil de Kock has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Saracens until 2010.

Despite still having 15 months to run on his current deal, Saracens have moved quickly to secure the long term future of the South African international.

Since his move from Western Province at the start of the season, de Kock has quickly settled into life with Saracens and formed an important partnership with fly-half Glen Jackson that has helped the club rise to third in the Guinness Premiership and win through to the semi-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

“Neil is an outstanding player who leads by example,” enthused Saracens Director of Rugby Alan Gaffney.

“To secure the future of such a talented player is fantastic news for Saracens.

“He’s a world class player who is unlucky not to be involved in the Springbok side but we’re delighted to have him.

“We couldn’t wish to secure a better player and he has fitted in really well since his move. He’s an excellent man to work with on and off the pitch and he’s also a winner!”

The 28-year-old has made 20 appearances for Saracens this season and admitted he didn’t have to think for too long when he was approached about extending his deal.

“I’m very pleased and delighted to extend the stay,” said de Kock.

“It’s been a good year so far and I’m really looking forward to the times ahead.

“I feel that I’ve adjusted well and I’ve been here seven months now, but it’s gone really quickly. With this new deal I’m looking forward to settling in even better and preparing for what is an exciting end to the season for Saracens.”

The Men In Black travel to Wasps on Sunday looking to build on the form that has taken them to third in the table, but face a Wasps side who last weekend secured a Heineken Cup semi-final spot at Adams Park.

“The team has done really well over the last few months and we’ve really gelled,” added de Kock.

“The forwards have been outstanding in that time and put us on the front foot which has allowed the backs to go out there and score some tries.

“We’re at the business end of the season now and we really have to push for those play-off places. We’ve come this far and worked this hard so we’re determined to make things happen with just a couple of games to go.”


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