Cook brothers – rugby internationals

QEH OE Wins Triple Blue

Well done to Kristian Cook OE (2000-2007) who won his triple Blue playing centre for the Cambridge side in last week’s Varsity match – despite having his appendix removed three weeks before. He facilitated Nick Jones’s early try but Cambridge were to lose the struggle to the Oxford side.

With his brother, James, he is also a member of an elite band of rugby internationals – those to have turned out for their country in the same side as their brother.

They joined flying wingers Rory and Tony Underwood who starred for England, Gavin and Scott Hastings who appeared for Scotland, Scott and Craig Quinnell who played for Wales, and Paul and Richard Wallace who took the field together for Ireland.

James and Kristian Cook
James and Kristian Cook

The Cook brothers were also part of the successful QEH 1st XV squad of 2004 which included Sean Maher, who also played for Denmark, Jack Cuthbert who was capped for Scotland, Callum Forrest who was capped for Scotland Under-19s and Harrison Tovey who played for England Students. This must be the most capped QEH team ever!

The Old Elizabethan brothers Kristian and James carried on the rich tradition by playing sevens – for Denmark.
Kristian and James, both from Sneyd Park, decided to investigate whether they were eligible. And once establishing the selectors were interested they went for trials.   They made their debut in the FIRA 7s in Israel. They appeared in victories against Sweden and the Czech Republic but were in the Denmark side which lost to the Netherlands, Moldova and Cyprus.

On June 22 the Cooks took part in their second tournament being staged in Brussels which saw them take on Belgium, Serbia, Moldova, Croatia and Sweden.

Their mother and father Jonathan, a chiropractor with practises in Redland, Filton and the city centre, went to Brussels to watch the game.

Jonathan Cook said: “They both qualify for Denmark through their mother, Marie-Louise, who I met at university. Her family  are pig farmers in Kvong and the boys take their Danish link quite seriously. Kristian’s middle name is Larsson which is my wife’s family name.

“Kristian and James phoned up the Danish RFU who were interested in taking a look at them so they went for a trial. Who would not take the chance to play international rugby?

“I am chuffed to bits that Kristian has won his treble Blue for Cambridge today but James, who is not as large as Kristian, is very quick and as hard as they come. If you could combine the two of them you would have a full international.

“Sometimes James’ bravery plays against him. At one of the trials, in Germany, he was taken out by a Fijian, knocked unconscious and came round at hospital in Hamburg.

“He went out and took part in a triathlon the following weekend and said he felt a bit disorientated – I am not surprised. I told him he was an idiot doing that a week after being knocked out.

Asked if his sons can speak Danish, Jonathan Cook said: “They say it is like speaking Swedish with porridge in your mouth. When I asked them the Danish for short ball they said ‘shorten ballen’.”