Former Blitzbok Werner Kok seeks pastures anew at Ulster

Former Blitzbok Werner Kok seeks pastures anew at Ulster

Sharks winger and former World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Werner Kok has joined Irish club Ulster on a two-year deal.

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.

"Werner will add something different to our group with his vast experience across the Sevens game and 15s, where he has showcased his own exciting brand of rugby," said Bryn Cunningham, Head of Rugby Operations and Recruitment.

"I think he will fit in well with the talented backs in the squad, as we look to develop our options in the backfield.

"Werner's competitiveness and tenacity in both an attacking sense and defensively, will fit right in with the energy we want this team to play with."

Kok added: "I am looking forward to starting a new adventure in my career with Ulster Rugby and can't wait to become an Ulster man!

"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!"