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Luke new EP Kings captain

2011-07-05 22:30

Port Elizabeth - Kings coach Alan Solomons announced on Tuesday that Luke Watson is the new captain of the Eastern Province rugby team, this was confirmed ahead of Friday's Currie Cup friendly against Free State in Port Elizabeth.

Watson takes over from fullback Mzwandile Stick, who captained the side since De Wet Barry's injury last season.

Watson was always earmarked to lead the new-look Kings and therefore Solomon's announcement does not come as a surprise.

Solomons said he needs a captain who is close to the action and that makes Watson the logical choice. Stick said he had no problem with Solomon's decision. "Im here to plough back into my community and I have a job to do for EP.

"I will always give my best shot for the Kings, as captain or just as a player. I will support Luke wholeheartedly. No doubt about that," Stick said.

Meanwhile, former Free State scrumhalf Falie Oelschig joined the Kings from Stade Francais and will face his old team come Friday.

His halfback partner is Louis Strydom, who is also an ex-Free Stater.

Another surprise is the inclusion of former SWD Eagles winger Joe Breytenbach.

Breytenbach is believed to be on trial with EP, but he is such a strong runner with the ball that he should be a big acquisition for the PE outfit.

It is also good to see flyer Norman Nelson back in the starting line-up. He was one of EP's stars last season, but was sidelined with injury for most of the season.

Teams:

Eastern Province Kings: 15 Mzwandile Stick (vice-captain), 14 Norman Nelson, 13 Siyanda Grey, 12 Wayne Stevens, 11 Joe Breytenbach, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Devin Oosthuizen, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Ross Kennedy, 4 Barend Pieterse, 3 Clint Newland, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Jaco Engels. Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 Riaan Vermeulen, 18 Wayne van Heerden, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Danie Faasen, 21 Shane Gates, 22 Jaco Bekker.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Philip Burger, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Phillip Snyman, 12 Johan Goosen, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Riaan Smith, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Pieter Myburg, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Michael van Vuuren, 1 Marcel van der Merwe. Replacements: 16 Schalk van der Merwe, 17 Hercu Liebenberg, 18 JC Astle, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Robbie van Schalkwyk, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

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Comments
  • 69 - 2011-07-06 00:13

    I was hoping we got rid of "puke" Luke forever!

      mike - 2011-07-06 01:18

      unfortunately not...

      Francois - 2011-07-06 06:27

      And it should not have been a surpirse. His dad chose him into the Boks as well.

      Green Tea - 2011-07-06 07:55

      Can any else smell Nepotism?

      Exoteric - 2011-07-06 08:04

      No matter what he does he will forever be tainted with his comments about the boks, sorry dude, even if you are a half decent rugga player, your old man, his comments, your 'chip off the old block' outbursts makes your family lepers in rugby circles...you made your bed

  • Charlie - 2011-07-06 04:55

    A white captain?? What about transformation?? Makes me sick !!

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-07-06 05:20

      I think he was bestowed with honorary black status or something. All in keeping with our non racial new SA

      Glen - 2011-07-06 08:26

      I feel sick too, must be my supporters jersey

      Frik - 2011-07-06 10:20

      Blame apartheid

  • Tana - 2011-07-06 07:02

    Suddenly, it feels like I wanna puke....Why oh why????

  • paypalawsuit - 2011-07-06 07:28

    he should be allowed to play rugby in any country as he was the one that said "me having to wear the Springbok jersey, to keep myself from vomiting on it" he took the position but when things are not going as HE wants then he is not happy, he thinks HE is bigger than the game, two face bastard

  • bostik - 2011-07-06 07:45

    I like Luke, played brilliantly for the WP and Stormers... why must we always bring politics and racism into the great game of rugby. SIGH

      MB1810 - 2011-07-06 08:01

      I tought he was a pretty great player too, hence my bitter dissapointment with him and his dad worming their way into the Springbok squad, not to mention all the stuff he had to say to the media. Ironically, if he had kept his mouth shut and sticked to playing good rugby he would have eventually gotten his chance in a green jersey - White was never going to be coach forever, but instead he went and antagonized the majority of the SA rugby population. I don't care much for him or his dad and I hope the Watsons are forever doomed to sit on the outside of the S15. I hate the fact that the Kings have been promised a slot in the S15, because Cheeky has friends in high places, who cares if they deserve a spot, who cares if SA can maintain 6 S15 teams and who cares that such a decision makes no rugby sense, at least the Watsons will get their way, right?

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-07-06 08:01

      Because that is what Luke is, politics and racism. Did you not read what he said out of his mouth ?

      bostik - 2011-07-06 10:46

      He is a good leader to...

  • Rumbler - 2011-07-06 07:50

    Glad that he is not in my team! I will now have to support any team, yes even WP, when they the EP "kings".

      Rumbler - 2011-07-06 07:53

      oops ..when they PLAY the EP kings

  • Licikityspit - 2011-07-06 07:57

    He's a good leader and captain fullstop, infact the stormers missed sum1 like him on saterday but alas, he will always be remembered for the puking thing and his fathers medling, truly a pity eish!

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-07-06 07:59

    What a surprise, a would never have thought it. Well at least daddy would be proud... o.. yeah.. daddy 10/1 ordered it to be like that.. but who cares anyways.

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-07-06 08:02

      It's called sarcasm dear.

  • caleb69 - 2011-07-06 08:11

    Go Cheetahs, puke on them Friday!, sure he's related to zoolius

  • Marshal - 2011-07-06 08:31

    Grey Bloem will give the Kings a go!

  • GP - 2011-07-06 08:35

    Great choice. This boy has exceptional leadership qualities.

  • bill - 2011-07-06 08:46

    Solomons & Watson.What a collection of obnoxious would -be politicians

  • Bellakanoose - 2011-07-06 10:22

    Twatson!

  • StBad - 2011-07-06 10:22

    I think what Luke is doing is pretty noble and honest... good luck and I hope the Kings go far. Justice for a part of the country dripping in schoolboy talent.

      MB1810 - 2011-07-06 13:27

      Yip very noble and honest to captain a team owned by your dad, because no other union in SA would even touch you with a stick.

  • Kok - 2011-07-06 11:19

    Go Luke!!! Take EP Kings to Currie Cup level.

      kosie - 2011-07-06 15:45

      haha

  • kosie - 2011-07-06 15:46

    is this a warm up game or what

      Rugby mum - 2011-07-10 18:17

      It would've been a warm up game if Luke had pulled his socks up (literally) - not only did he run backwards whenever he got the ball (forgot which direction he was playing) but looked sooooo scruffy! He walked around with his arms tryng very hard to get close to his body, not sure if he had Chafe or if his "melons" are too big!! Stick is a much better leader / player !

  • Hercules - 2011-07-10 05:36

    What a Cheeky Puke this has become. EP Kings in the SECOND division!!!! Puke got green and Gold after daddy threatened Jake. Nations cup champs against ROMANIA and the like. Puke did not make the grade in his club in Britain. PLEASE !!!! Give them a spot in S15, then its a free 5 points to all teams and the Lions will look like Cup contenders. Oh, remember Puke is African not white thus his BEE credentials and transformation contribution.

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