Neil de Kock
Full names: Neil Alan
Date of birth: 20 Nov 1978
Place of birth: Cape Town
School: Settlers
Springbok no: 717
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.77m, 80kg
Current age: 43

Test summary: Tests: 10 Tries: 2
First Test: 30 Jun 2001 Age:22 Scrumhalf against Italy at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
Last Test: 8 Nov 2003 Age:24 Reserve against New Zealand at Colonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), Melbourne
Test history:
30 Jun 200122ScrumhalfItalyWin: 60-14 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
06 Jul 200223ReserveSamoaWin: 60-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
20 Jul 200223ReserveNew ZealandLose: 20-41 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonWP
10 Aug 200223ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 23-301 tryKingspark, DurbanWP
17 Aug 200223ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 33-31 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
09 Nov 200223ScrumhalfFranceLose: 10-30 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesWP
11 Oct 200324ReserveUruguayWin: 72-6 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
24 Oct 200324ScrumhalfGeorgiaWin: 46-19 Aussie Stadium (SFG), SydneyWP
01 Nov 200324ReserveSamoaWin: 60-101 trySuncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWP
08 Nov 200324ReserveNew ZealandLose: 9-29 Colonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), MelbourneWP

Sketch in 2002 SA vs England programme

Neil Alan de Kock is on his first senior Springbok tour of Europe - a prize for classy performances both for Western Province and South Africa in the past few months. Educated at the University of Stellenbosch, he has appeared in five of the ten tests this year, having originally made his name with the Griffons, of Northern Free State. Helped South Africa Under 23s to win the African Championships and last year came to Europe with the South Africa A squad. Has an aptitude, indeed relish, for tackling opposing forwards.