May 04, 2017
De Kock looking forward to #LiftTheWeight clash after emotional send-off
Neil De Kock said farewell to Allianz Park on Saturday as he played his final game in the club’s 27-9 win over Bristol.
However, he will be returning for a one-off match as a host of former international rugby stars including England’s Matt Stevens, David Strettle, Iain Balshaw, Danny Grewcock, Mark Cueto and Ugo Monye will take part in an all-star game at Allianz Park on Friday 30th June (8.15pm) in support of Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA).
Organised by Matt Stevens and David Strettle, the Worldwide Currencies Cup game will raise vital funds for Restart Rugby and awareness for the #LiftTheWeight mental health campaign. Both teams will wear exclusive #LiftTheWeight playing kit designed and created by Oddballs.
De Kock will be captaining a side that will take on #LiftTheWeight XV with players from England, Australia, South Africa and Wales joining the ranks, including Justin Harrison plus former Sarries Michael Owen, and John Smit.
The South African scrum-half explained after the Bristol game his feelings towards the Sarries faithful and expressed his pleasure at the reception he received at the match, one that he will hope will be replicated on 30th June.
He explained: “It’s very humbling, I said it earlier but there are far better players than myself who didn’t have the opportunity to sign off in the way I did.
“To play in front of a full house at Allianz Park where you’ve got fans and mates that you’ve played with; just to have the opportunity to go out and play with the team one last time is fantastic.
“It puts a lump in my throat every time I think about it, when I reflect and sit down tonight for the weeks, months and years to come I’ll realise how lucky I was.”
The all-star Worldwide Currencies Cup match launches the Sevens and the City weekend festival at Allianz Park which includes six Sevens tournaments as well as netball, football, cricket, dodgeball, a Summer Slam fitness competition and kids’ rugby coaching events run by School of Hard Knocks.
Admission starts at £17.50 for adults (£10 under 16s) with hospitality packages and VIP pitch side cabanas available. For details go to sevensandthecity.com
Confirmed players: Gerald Arasa, Iain Balshaw, Craig Burrow, Noah Cato, Mark Cueto, Gareth Davies, Mel Deane, Philip Friel, Danny Grewcock, Dan Harris, Justin Harrison, Neil de Kock, Olly Kohn, Lee Mears, Ugo Monye, Nils Mordt, Michael Owen, Shaun Perry, Ollie Phillips, Tony Rea, Dan Scarbrough, Dean Schofield, Ben Skirving, John Smit, Matt Stevens, David Strettle, Jordan Turner-Hall, Tom Williams.