South Africa’s Werner Kok stands out among his teammates for his distinctive flowing blond locks. But he is also know for one more thing – kissing his wrist each time after scoring a try.
The 26-year-old revealed why he does this during the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton over the weekend, and it’s all to do with his love for his fiancee and family. In 2017, Kok proposed to his childhood sweetheart Zanyika du Preez. He also has her name inked on to his wrist.
And whenever he crosses the line to touch down, the first thing he does afterwards is kiss his wrist. He has done this 94 times in 204 matches during his Blitzbok sevens career.
“I kiss my wrist because my fiancee’s name is on there,” Werner told S. That’s the lady who has been with me since standard 7 I think. We’ve been together for 10 years, going for 11 now, and she’s always been there, before rugby, before anyone knew my name.
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“She was there, my whole family was there.” Kok said in a social media interview in Hamilton. “If I don’t do that or show just a little bit of affection on the field for them then they are probably going to forget about me. It’s a long way from home so hopefully … I can do anything and everything to keep them proud.”
South Africa are fourth in the World Series standings after three tournaments on 44 points, 13 behind joint leaders Fiji and United States, with New Zealand third on 54 points. The Blitzboks are six points ahead of sixth-placed England.
In the Sydney Sevens this weekend, they are grouped with hosts Australia, Argentina and Tonga in pool D.