Nick Köster

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Ralph Nicholas Köster
Full name Ralph Nicholas Köster
Date of birth (1989-02-22) 22 February 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Robertson, South Africa
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 104 kg (16 st 5 lb)
School Bishops
University UCT
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker / Eighthman
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Bath Rugby
Bristol Rugby
2 (5)
correct as of 2 December 2012.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008–2012 Western Province 32 (35)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009–12 Stormers 26 (10)
correct as of 9 May 2012.

Ralph ("Nick") Nicholas Köster (born 22 February 1989 in Robertson) is a South African rugby union player.[1] He plays the position of Flanker or Eight Man.

He made his Currie Cup debut at the age of 19, playing at 8th man in 2008, and was picked on the bench for the Barbarians side to play Australia at Wembley, later that year.[2] He made his Super 14 debut for the Stormers in 2009, playing on the wing, but suffered a knee injury against the Lions at Newlands which put him out of action.

His full-time return to the top flight was off the bench against the Griquas on 8 August 2010. The following week he started at openside flank (no.7) versus the Blue Bulls. Köster had Province's highest tackle count (24 tackles) against the Bulls, while his 11 ball carries was second only to Duane Vermeulen and he was one of only three WP players to secure a turnover.

In October 2012, it was announced that he would join Bath.[3] He scored his first try for his new club against Italian team Calvisano in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

He joined RFU Championship club Bristol on a season long loan from August 2013,[4] which evolved into Nick earning a permanent contract with Bristol.


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