Cooke signs with Kings
After five years in France, World Artists' Ronnie Cooke has decided to return home and will join Super Rugby newcomers the Southern Kings.
Cooke will officially join the Kings in January and can't wait to hit the ground running.
"I'm very excited about my move to the Kings and to be playing on home soil again. I still have a couple of games left for my current club (Grenoble) but will officially join the Kings when we start training in January," said Cooke.
Cooke has spent the last five years in France and believes the experience has definitely added to his overall game.
"The first thing I learnt over here is to box! They love a good ol' punch up over here. Most of the games are played in wet weather and this makes the game a lot more physical. I've also learnt to play the situation I see in front of me and I believe this is what gives the French their flair."
Despite admitting that he would miss France, Cooke cannot wait to join up with his new franchise and believes they have a point to prove in their first year of Super Rugby.
"I've enjoyed every single moment of it (in France) and it was an experience that I will never forget. I've made loads of new friends, learnt a new language and even had my first born here. I definitely have a soft spot for this place and although I never thought I would say this, I'm actually going to miss France."
"But I'm excited about my move to the Kings. They've made some really exciting signings - a good mix of experience and talented youngsters. History has shown that the first year for a new Super Rugby franchise is tough but that being said, it's awesome to have the underdog tag. Hopefully we can perform well and prove to South Africa that the Kings deserve to play Super Rugby."
"I'm really looking forward to working with Alan Solomons and the coaching staff at the Kings. I've only heard good things about them and can't wait to get there!"