Updated: Saturday, 15 February 2014 23:02 | By Agence France-Presse

Castres' Kockott in change of mind over Toulon move

French champions Castres' South African kicker Rory Kockott told Canal Plus on Saturday he had changed his mind over a move to European champions Toulon and wished to remain at his present club.


Castres' Kockott in change of mind over Toulon move

Castres's South African scrum-half Rory Kockott trains prior to the French Top 14 rugby union match Toulon vs Castres on February 15, 2014 at the Mayol stadium in Toulon - by Bertrand Langlois

The 27-year-old -- the Top14 player of last season after finishing leading points scorer -- said that despite signing a pre-contract with Toulon he had decided it was a move not in the best interests of him or his family.

What added spice to the remarks was that they came minutes before he took to the pitch in the Top14 clash away with Toulon.

"I've finally decided to stay at Castres," said Kockott, who was roundly booed and jeered when he lined up his first kick in the game which he missed.

"It is always nice to have several offers and I feel very grateful for that but I judged one to be better than the other.

"It is a decision that will benefit both me and my family."

Kockott, who masterminded Castres' 19-14 win over Toulon in last season's French championship final, had signed the pre-contract with Toulon in October last year, agreeing to a three year contract, although neither party had announced it officially.

Should Kockott indeed remain with Castres, they will be obliged to pay Toulon between a reported 300-400,000 euros ($410,000 -- 540,000) in compensation.  

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal joked about the figure that the club would receive. 

"It brings back memories of the wonderful years when I used to go to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas," said the comic book mogul.

"However, I never won as much money as this." 

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