• Kockott closer to realising Test dream

    Former Sharks scrumhalf Rory Kockott has been included in a 30-man squad for France's end-of-year Tests.

    The 28-year-old joined Castres in 2011 and qualifies for France having lived in the country for three years. On Saturday, he scored 22 points as Castres beat Oyonnax 27-18 and was named Man of the Match.

    Kockott is one of five uncapped players to be called up for the games against Fiji, Australia and Argentina. The others are 24-year-old New Zealand-born prop Uini Atonio, who plays for La Rochelle, Toulon prop Xavier Chiocci, Bayonne No 8 Charles Ollivon and Racing Métro wing Teddy Thomas.

    France squad:

    Forwards: Xavier Chiocci (Toulon), Alexandre Menini (Toulon), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Benajmin Kayser (Clermont), Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Nicolas Mas (Montpellier), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Français), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Pascal Papé (Stade Français), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), Bernard Le Roux (Racing), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Charles Ollivon (Bayonne).

    Backs: Rory Kockott (Castres), Sébastien Tillous-Borde (Toulon), Camille Lopez (Clermont), Remi Tales (Castres), François Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Remi Lamerat (Castres), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Sofiane Guitoune (Bordeaux-Bègles), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Teddy Thomas (Racing), Benjamin Fall (Montpellier), Brice Dulin (Racing).

    Photo: Remy Gabalda/AFP Photo

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    Simon Borchardt