Luke Watson to join EP Kings

2010-12-06 14:22

Cape Town - Springbok Luke Watson has signed with the Eastern Province Kings and will leave Bath to join the Kings before the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

According to the Rugbyweek website, Watson will play for the EP Kings on his return to South Africa in June/July 2011 and should the Southern Kings be included in Super Rugby he will play for them in the expanded tournament.
Watson's father Cheeky Watson is president of the EP Kings.

Watson has represented and captained the South African Schools rugby team (2001), South Africa's Under-19 (2002) and Under-21 (2004) teams, as well as the Springbok Sevens team (2001). Watson has also captained both the Western Province and the Stormers.

In 2007 Watson was handed his first Springbok cap due to direct political interference from SARU Boss Regan Hoskins and then in 2008 he was again surrounded by controversy when he said that wearing the Springbok jersey made him want to vomit.

Watson joined Bath Rugby in November 2009 and has been largely controversy free since leaving South Africa and has gone on to captain Bath.

Watson confirmed his move on his social media networking Twitter account on Monday, writing:

I'll be returning to SA after the completion of this season with Bath. I have signed a 3 year contract with the Eastern Province Kings.

Incredibly tough decision. I have loved my time at Bath. The supporters have been amazing and the Club is incredibly special to me.

My time thus far at Bath has been invaluable. It has been one of the best experiences of my life and I'll be forever grateful for that.

However the opportunity to return home to SA and especially to my home city PE, is one that I have to grab with both hands!

It's always been my dream to see top flight rugby established within the Eastern Cape and I am very excited to be able to be a part of this.


  • Stryder - 2010-12-06 14:30

    So transparent, You are still not gonna make it into the team with out interference Puke!

      roboman1 - 2010-12-10 15:23

      I am so happy for him I could just vommit all over his EP jersey

  • crazydude - 2010-12-06 14:36

    Glad to that EP keep signing up more good players. The team did very well this year, and now just needs another good season to make sure that they can win the promotion series.

      Johnny - 2010-12-07 08:15

      ...good players..?? ....ha ha ha ha..!! .....Puke is a loser...!! .......a sick loser...!!

      Vedder - 2010-12-07 11:24

      will to captain Bath and the Stormers you cant exactly be kak now can you, oh and play for the boks!!!!

      Johnny - 2010-12-07 14:05

      .....Puke was a quota Bok... ......same as AA PDV....

      Lostsunset - 2010-12-07 16:18

      More like a Cheeky Bok... Thanks daddy and his mates....

      roboman1 - 2010-12-10 15:23

      I could just vomit all over the Puke Watson

  • devils-adv - 2010-12-06 14:39

    Thanks Daddy. Without you I would be useless and never achieved anything.

      Marius - 2010-12-06 15:10

      You clearly know nothing about rugby or Luke. Still a great player with or without all his issues, or with or without his dad

      Kaapie - 2010-12-06 17:04

      @ Devils.. that is exactly what you are.. the guy in his last season with the Stormers was awesome..

      devils-adv - 2010-12-06 17:44

      He is a traitor and an opportunist. Something he learnt from his father. If he is so good why did his father have to ask his comrades in the ANC to put him in the Springbok side? Which, as we all know, was a farce and a disaster. And for those of you that think Cheeky is in it for the rugby, dream on...

      Kaapie - 2010-12-06 18:48

      And I suppose you speak from knowledge... do u perhaps know which union '"cheeky' played for, or let me guess Cheeky is in it for the money

      Merle - 2010-12-06 20:11

      People like you are sickening...

      Jay - 2010-12-06 22:27

      You know i dont agree with some of the things he said, but i have said some pretty harsh things about people to friends when i feel comfortable enough to talk, we all do. The fact of the matter he went to Bath, and he is so well respected as a player and a person that he is the Captain of the team......................................there is definately leadership there and great rugby talent. Luke is not the enemy lads, the Government is.........

      Vincent - 2010-12-07 06:14

      devils, I think you should watch some more rugby and what goes on behind the scenes. Regardless of his issues, he is still a great player and leader. Nicely said @Jay

      Dan - 2010-12-07 09:28

      @ Kaapsie. Yes, just as awesome as WeePee and that really says nothing. Glad we all have different standards in life. Puke Watson is nothing more than a "Daddy's Boy" or political rubbish.

      jean.cohen2 - 2010-12-07 13:18

      If you do not know Luke Watson what you gives you the right to judge him. You seem to have nothing between your ears - I suggest you keep your big mouth shut if you have nothing good to say about anyone.

      Martin - 2010-12-08 11:19

      @Kaapie... Are you Cheeky in disguise? I am very glad to see EP becoming a true transformed rugby region with buying WHITE Puke & WHITE Kiwi lock Kennedy. (They must have thought ALL BLACK means ALL BLACK). KIMBERLEY FOR CRYING OUT LOUD HAVE MORE COLOURED PLAYERS THAN EP!!! WHY IS SARU NOT INVESTING OVER THERE??? ANSWER: Watsons money & politics (Eastern cape ANC stronghold). Sorry Kaapie, most rugby supporters are not that stupid as you and the ANC may think!

      roboman1 - 2010-12-10 15:23

      Puke Watson!!!!

  • pscharneck - 2010-12-06 14:42

    Welcome back!! A big bonus for the Kings!!

      Gilgamesh - 2010-12-06 15:14

      Agreed, the more players they get the better. Would be good to see some of the other overseas based players come home. Luke is a good player, this can't be argued - lets hope he he keeps any controversial comments to himself. He might just be able to redeem himself.

  • bill - 2010-12-06 14:52

    Break a leg Puke!

      eentyd - 2010-12-07 10:51

      Yes please do...

      AGENT - 2010-12-08 10:57

      BREAK BOTH !!!

  • Will99 - 2010-12-06 14:55

    Welkom terug by S.A. rugby

      Dan - 2010-12-07 09:31

      Hy sal nooit weer welkom wees in Suid-Afrikaanse rugby nie. Enige iets wat die kat insleep sal welkom wees by die PE Kings terwyl daai Cheeky sot in beheer is.

      Johnny - 2010-12-08 14:04

      .....hy is NET welkom by pappa Cheeky se ANC rugby span...

  • Brandon96end - 2010-12-06 15:03

    Yeah, good player no matter what I think of this personal agenda / family influence. So... suppose it's a good signing for the Kings, regardless.

  • igitur - 2010-12-06 15:04

    Slightly off-topic, but I wish the Kings could go back to the better name of Southern Spears. Kings is such a cliche.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-06 15:27

      I agree. But I believe they did that because of legal issues that was associated with the old name?

      Ian - 2010-12-06 17:39

      Oostelike Windpompe

      Dan - 2010-12-07 09:32

      Eerder Oostelike gatgabbas

      Johnny - 2010-12-07 14:07

      ...Oostelike Paloekas...

      Abs - 2010-12-07 15:25

      How about Watsons Province!!!!!

  • Serias - 2010-12-06 15:10

    Thought the EP Kings would rather want to develop local talent...that was daddy's big selling point when he came out of the bushes. Anyway, good luck to Luke, he will enjoy playing on that level, is suits his ability.

      Cereal-Killa77 - 2010-12-06 17:14

      Luke Watson is an EP local

      Graeme Brown - 2010-12-06 17:18

      Luke Watson is a local Ep player you knob

      Vincent - 2010-12-07 06:16

      @Graeme and Cereak. lol, do not worry. Clearly Serias cannot read and knows nothing about rugby. Thus he stupid comments. lol

      PDP - 2010-12-07 07:30

      "Develop" you knobs! It means bringing fresh young talent in!

      Johnny - 2010-12-08 13:54

      Puke is a local "has-been"...

  • Ockert - 2010-12-06 15:16

    I thought we were rid of this character and CHEEKY as well .

  • Francois - 2010-12-06 15:27

    Great Stuff. Very Decent Player. We need a strong EP side in SA.

      Dan - 2010-12-07 09:36

      Good luck. Don't know where you gonna find that. Can't even make Currie Cup level. Now that is progressive sports administration. Just imagine a rubbish union like this gets a free pass past the Eagles, Leopards, Pumas, and either Lions or Cheetahs right into Super Rugby.

  • StaalBurgher - 2010-12-06 15:33

    I guess this move was inevitable because of his father. Luke is a good player so it will be good for the Kings. However, it saddens me to see how his father's influence will now make Luke feel obliged to forgo better money to sacrifice at the altar of White Guilt (aka Racial Transformation, or Race Betrayal as I prefer to call it). Luke won't make the Bok side and his pay packet definitely can't compare to what he would get in Bath. And one day when his playing days are gone the ANC and their ilk will still despise him, because he is white, regardless of his misplaced self sacrifice.

      BlackSwan - 2010-12-06 15:45

      Nobody else wants him - now he will puke in PE

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-06 16:06

      This has little to do with no one wanting him. He could easily have stayed at Bath till he retired. They absolutely love old Lukey in the UK. This is to abide by his father's agenda. Like I said, I actually feel sorry that this guy's life will forever be at the mercy of the demented fantasies of someone like Cheeky Watson. The Sins of thy Father...

      BlackSwan - 2010-12-06 18:46

      So are you the great shrink then - maybe of the Kings?? It remains a fact that he said that he wanted to puke on the Springbok jersey - whether his dad got it for him is irrelevant - he should have walked away then and not come back now

      Jay - 2010-12-06 22:32

      @Blackswan, and i guess your cupboard is free of all skeletons????? please do me a favour, pull your bottom lip over your head and swallow....judgmental people living in glass houses with only one cook and two birds in a bush shouldnt throw stones through swinging doors..........................hehe

      Vincent - 2010-12-07 06:20

      He said he would puke on the springbok jersey in its current form. Under jake white. I would want to as well. Can you imagine what he would say now for pieter div? lol. Regardless of what he said or what he believes in, he is a great leader and player and could go to any team he likes. Before he went to Bath, he said it will only be for a short while.

      BardofAvon - 2010-12-07 08:55

      StaalBurgher you little intellectual you!

      Dan - 2010-12-07 09:40

      Have to agree he is a good player (not great in any way). The problem is that his type is like a cancer , eating away at everything around him. Maybe his "leadership" and presence had alot to do with the pathetic state Province Rugby was in during his time at the helm. I don't think everything was all well in that Province camp. They had way too many talent to have performed so spineless for so long. With him away for one season and Province are a force again. A contaversial figure like him is not good for any team environment.

  • Gerald - 2010-12-06 15:41

    ye good luck mate, your career has being shrouded with shit, take nothing away from the fact that you are a great player maybe to good for the kings maybe you and your old man can bring as glory again the last time we felt that with EP would have been under Grizz and your name sakes Luke smith the dead eyed kicker

  • Viv - 2010-12-06 15:41

    Shame boykie cant get a job back in SA without his Daddy's help. Oh well at least he will be playing for a team that no-one really supports anyway so we dont have to watch his tank ass run around the field that much really. A bit of a sad attempt to be back in SA in the sad hope he will be included in the WC 2011 team. Sorry Luke there are much better players out there who would never PUKE on their Bok jersey. You turned your back on SA so SA will do the same to you. Stupid boy.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-06 16:04

      I don't think this has much to do with him trying to qualify for the Boks. This is purely due to his father's political brainwashing that he owes non-whites something. Because the EP Kings is suppose to be the future "black South African" team his father's legacy compels him to sacrifice the remainder of his career and help establish it.

      Viv - 2010-12-07 09:49

      Let's wait and see shall we. I think for sure that this move back is also in the hopes of securing a Bok call up for WC 2011. Good thing that none of the other Boks like him and Div would be making a massive mistake picking Fatty Watson.

  • Richard Bradshaw - 2010-12-06 15:46

    Watson's father Cheeky Watson is president of the EP Kings. That is why he is coming back, He is a good play, he needs to fix his reputation, and ask the public to forgive him

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-06 16:11

      There was an article a while back about Luke saying he realised he was a pawn in other peoples game and that he has come to realise what he said was wrong. I am sure he had a lot of angry confusion in him from his teens. Anger that was instilled in him by his traitorous father and which he directed at Afrikaners as the obvious target. Please remember it is difficult to be someone like Luke Watson. On the one hand he must despise the Afrikaners due to his British roots and his fathers "life sacrifices" yet he was inescapably linked with them through his chosen sport. Deep down he knows they as a people do not deserve his ire but there is no one to blame for his father's past troubles, expect of course the chosen political values, but that would be flying into the face of liberal society (which our English South Africans love so much). Few among us would have the moral courage to reject his father's influences under these circumstances.

      RugbyFanatic - 2010-12-06 17:33

      So if Bakkies ask forgiveness we just do it like that! Agree with staalburgher. He already said he is sorry. Why don't we accept his appologies like we do with Bakkies, Joost and Pedrie? Get real!

      BlackSwan - 2010-12-06 19:48

      Bakkies must ask for forgiveness for the shit rugby he played on Saturday. If this goes on he will never get off his knees!

      Dan - 2010-12-07 09:45

      @ RugbyFanatic. He never appologized for what he said. He only said that he was wrong in saying what he said. He didn't even have the courage to say what specifically he was wrong about. He is nothing more than a little white Malema - at least Malema doesn't follow daddy's orders (in fact Malema follow nobody's orders).

      hardiblu - 2010-12-07 09:49

      @Rugby Fanatic - I dont expect everyone to agree here, but the difference is Bakkies directed his indiscretions towards the opposition, he let down his fans and team mates inadvertantly, Luke let down his fans and team mates directly by insulting something very close to their hearts. We can forgive, but we cannot forget.

  • Barry - 2010-12-06 16:14

    yes Luke you are a good player just think before you talk and yes we do support EP and cant wait to see them win and rub some mud in some faces

  • courage22 - 2010-12-06 16:18

    Welcome back. We need good fetchers with brilliant ball skills playing for the springboks.

      BlackSwan - 2010-12-06 19:34

      He will be too dehydrated from puking to fetch anything

      BardofAvon - 2010-12-07 08:58

      @BlackSwan : Very funny!

  • Ubatha - 2010-12-06 16:19

    I think they should focus on getting out of the first division before they start talking about playing super rugby. Good for Luke though

      Wynand - 2011-03-23 09:18

      they have already been promised a super spot in 2013. Let's just hope they can sort all their problems out before then! Agree though that getting out of the first division is the immediate goal.

  • Pat - 2010-12-06 16:20

    If Luke’s apology means he is sorry about his attack on the Springbok, and will now use his influence to fight for the retention of the Springbok on the jersey, then I’m sure Luke will be welcomed back to South Africa with open arms. But if Luke still harbours any ideas of promoting the twisted politics of his father, then when Luke tries to play rugby for the Queens, the entire stadium is going to shriek. GO TAKE A BATH PUKE TWATSON

      Pat - 2010-12-06 17:32

      Cheeky Watson played some rugby in the townships, he was virtually unknown until the Springbok controversy of 1993, which was initiated and inflamed by the Johannesburg Star. There are many heroes who fought against apartheid, who do not regard all whites as “scum” as you do, I detailed these true heroes in my first novel The Greatest Game. If you care to read the book it is available at Amazon, but you seem to have your mind firmly made up on South Africa, so I very much doubt that you will bother.

      Pat - 2010-12-06 21:38

      First we had a movie named Invictus, where the great Nelson Mandela used Springbok rugby to unite the nation, while the Johannesburg Star and Cheeky Watson did their utmost to destroy the Springbok. But the Springboks did win the 1995 and 2007 Rugby World Cups and the nation was united in joy, but as Mondli Makanya likes to observe, “the press are the forerunners to history.” Now comes movie two called Destructus, with the help of the newspapers Cheeky Watson succeeds in destroying the Springbok, and the world champion Springboks enter the 2011 World Cup as the Protea’s. So history records that Nelson Mandela was a bit of a bumbler, and Cheeky Watson replaces Mandela as the great South African hero, when the rugby Protea’s go on to win the 2011 World Cup. It’s a gigantic gamble that’s unlikely to come off, and when it fails spectacularly as it will, those involved in this insanity will wish they had never been spawned.

      Crispy_Duck - 2010-12-07 07:17

      @Pat: You have some serious issues, I think it's time you pay a visit to a mental health practitioner. That much hate for a sportsman is unhealthy and hints at mental health problems. I'm being serious here, go to get some help before you hurt yourself.

      PDP - 2010-12-07 07:36

      bluejay. you have issues. Sort them out before it sorts you out.

      Pat - 2010-12-07 08:31

      I do not hate Cheeky Watson and I respect his son Luke, as a good rugby player and as a gentleman, but I believe they were both wrong with their attack on the Springbok. So I have pointed out the historical anomaly, of Nelson Mandela promoting the Springbok, while Cheeky Watson viciously attacks it. I also raise the question of what will happen if the Protea rugby team fail dismally in the 2011 World Cup, the Watson family have established themselves as outspoken opponents of the Springbok, so this could have serious implications for the families future in rugby. Which is why I suggested that Luke clarify his apology and come out in support of the Springbok, or people are obviously going to think, that Luke Watson only returned to South Africa when the Springbok emblem was destroyed. I personally love the Springbok and I will continue to fight for its retention, because of this some people describe me as “mentally imbalanced” or “white scum,” I actually encourage such posts because it proves how uncouth the anti-Springbok rabble are. What also encourages me is the knowledge, that I have people like Nelson Mandela and Clint Eastwood on my side, and I look forward to the day when Clint Eastward returns to South Africa and says. MAKE MY DAY CHEEKY

  • Pothole - 2010-12-06 16:22

    Forget and forgive. It seems the man picked up some manners in pommie land.

  • Vark - 2010-12-06 16:36

    StaalBurgher is jy Kotsie se spin-doctor? Liewe fok, maar jy verdedig die vent dat die byle huil.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-06 17:05

      Haha, ek probeer maar net dinge van sy kant af sien. Mense haat die Afrikaners omdat dit maklik is. Afrikaners het die Westerse wereld se scapegoat geraak vir hulle eie skuldige gewete. Net soos wat Apartheid feitlik onvermybaar was in lig van hoe Afrikaner nationalisme ontstaan het na groot struwel en swaarkry onder die Britte, net so word Luke se aksies grootendeels gedryf deur sy pa se verlede. The inertia of history is difficult to stop.

      BlackSwan - 2010-12-06 19:47

      Ek weet darem nie so mooi nie - elke ou besluit tog maar vir homself? Hy moet baie verward wees as hy dit nie kan uitfigure nie

      Johnny - 2010-12-07 14:09

      Staal Burger is die ANC se werfbobbejaan....

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 15:28

      @Johnny, jy lees nie lekker nie? Ek is so anti-ANC soos wat jy kan kry.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2010-12-06 16:53

    Congratulations and well done Luke, EP can only benefit from your experience and enthusiasm for the game. I am quite sure that with your guidance (irrespective of whether you are captaining EP or not) Kings will become a force to be wary of!

  • Bryan - 2010-12-06 17:25

    Great, now I have to stop supporting EP. He will only stuff up EP rugby like he did WP and bok rugby. Maybe they getting him ready for bok captain again. who knows

      Merle - 2010-12-06 20:18

      Absolutely rubbish!!

  • FerretGee - 2010-12-06 19:52

    EP Kings have just upped their quota of "black"players by signing Luke

      Merle - 2010-12-06 20:19


      FerretGee - 2010-12-06 20:38

      It's called sarcasm Merle.

      Johnny - 2010-12-08 14:00

      ...Puke was a "quota" Bok.... ...not in the team on merit....

  • brinjal - 2010-12-06 19:56

    Just what the Kings need, welcome back Luke.

      Dan - 2010-12-07 09:46

      Not what they need - it is more a case of what they deserve. With Cheeky involved - good luck!!!

  • Merle - 2010-12-06 20:17

    I am so happy to know that you coming back...sad that it's not for WP or STORMERS. Why all the fuss when Luke does anything??? most of our rugby supporters are still racist's as simple as that...there's no other reason...take that you haters and come right once & for all!!!

      FerretGee - 2010-12-06 20:41

      All the fusss is because of the manner in which he conducted himself prior to his leaving our shores. As for being called a racist, I take offence at that comment. My previous post was tongue in cheek after his and his fathers' claim that they were more black than white. He is welcome to play in his daddy's team.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 12:24

      Wait... can I, as a white person, be racist to another white person? Merle, how far can you liberal hand-wringers twist that term? *shakes head in sad, yet grudging, admiration*

  • kakazat1 - 2010-12-06 20:19

    Ayesaba amagwala Dubula Dubula ngoWatson! Oh Lord who favors no skin color but accept all man as your creation you've answered my prayers! Best news of the year! Nantsi iNdoda enyama Vervoed, Basop hie kom die swart die SWART man! I've said it before I dont mind watching an all white 15 man wearing the EP kings jersey, for I know the Eastern Cape is the heart and soul of non-racial rugby..

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 12:25

      That won't fly with Cheeky Watson.

  • Ruan - 2010-12-06 20:31

    Hierdie is 'n storie wat my maak KOTS! Luke, hoeveel betaal Pappa jou om te verseker dat die Kings weer in 2012 in die Eerste liga speel?!

  • Francois - 2010-12-06 21:20

    Puke, in whose place do you want to play? Schalk's, Pierre's, Juan's, Heinrich's. Pieter Louw's, Alberts's, Daniels's? And do you now want that Green and Gold jersey, what is so special about it now? You are a talented player, but you also need to be a team player to be a good player. People will die for that jersey on which you wanted to puke - oh sorry you only want to play for EP - not SA. Sorry.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 12:40

      That is what I am saying. I can't imagine he thinks he can get into the Bok team. There are just too many better players than him, which doesn't mean he is a bad player. I mean even Schalk will have to play from the bench and at times miss some matches with both Alberts and Brussouw around. I really don't think his move has anything to do with the Boks. If he was serious about that he would go to a Super 15 franchise.

  • Anton - 2010-12-06 21:24

    BWAHAHAHA........funnily enough Cheeky was posing on the front page of the "WEEKEND POST" PE Saturday Newspaper wearing a springbok jersey, saying he was ONLY wearing it to promote the upcoming ALL BLACK/SPRINGBOK test in PE. He also said that PUKE has to make his OWN way in rugby and that he(CHEEKY) has nothing to do with LUKE's career...........bunch of lying double dealing crooks like the ANC government that they support......I for one will now NOT watch any EP game

      brinjal - 2010-12-07 03:49

      I'm sure they're going to cancel Luke's contract now that you've threatened not to watch any of the Kings/EP games....frigging box!

      Johnny - 2010-12-07 08:11

      @PADDY, ....gaan klim terug in die hok waaruit jy ontsnap het... .....jou aap....

  • Thomas - 2010-12-07 01:44

    Hey guys it's not like we didn't see this coming. Still a good player though.

  • - 2010-12-07 06:49

    This makes me want to puke. All hasbeens sign with EP. My guess is that Bryan Habana will be the next to sign for EP

  • Deon - 2010-12-07 07:42

    Change their name to the Eastern Province Puke Kings

      paullouis.louw - 2010-12-07 08:32're an idiot.

      BardofAvon - 2010-12-07 09:06

      Ha ha Deon very funny... good chirp!

  • Johnny - 2010-12-07 08:09

    EP Nepotism at its best... ....Pappa, son, family members...??? ......just like the ANC...

  • PeterZ - 2010-12-07 08:12

    Any guesses who is going to captain the team! Thanks dad!

  • rad69 - 2010-12-07 08:36

    EP has always had incredible talent at school level, but unfortunately no infrastructure and financial backing to keep and develop players. Look at how many top 40 schools we have and how many boys end up playing for other unions. Hope we get to develop EP rugby and with it the structures...SA needs a strong will bring greater strength to SA rugby!

  • Dan - 2010-12-07 09:23

    Ha, Ha, Ha. Didn't we all just knew this would happen. This Ep Kings is going to be one rotten & politic invested slum. Not sure who deserves who more. Puke Watson will finally feel he is home, where he belongs.

      Boeta Nev - 2010-12-08 10:25

      Which union isn't?

  • Ozman - 2010-12-07 09:33

    Go swim in the kill zone.

  • eentyd - 2010-12-07 10:53

    Oh well Puke can play rugby, but what a CHOP. Sad that EP has choose him. But then again look at who his president is... Daddy.

  • Martin - 2010-12-07 11:46

    Here is the hypocrisy and bottom line of Hoskins mad SARU management: SARU is spending a fortune and wants to bring the EP Kings into Super 15 at the end of the day to develop more black players. Why don’t they buy the likes of Habana, Beast, Guthro and Mvuvu with PDV as coach? Mark my words, at the end of the day they will be no different than any other SA team in terms of black representation. Puke honestly look into the mirror with your Dad and you will see that you are part of the white people in SA rugby that will pocket from the EP Kings at the end of the day… If the Watkins are real crusaders for the principles they believe in they should offer there services voluntary to put right the wrongs of the past. They wont, it is all about money! Question: Why did the EP sell there Super 12 hosting rights to the Sharks? What happened to the millions?

      Durasmart - 2010-12-08 15:03

      I don't like Cheeky, but I have to grudgingly admit that since he has taken over it was the first time in 10 years that there has been no mismanagement of funds in EP rugby and they actually have some money in the bank and not millions in debt like before he took over. You guys are just bitching about this, because you are worried that the rest of the players who went to school in EP and now play for other provinces will also return home and that will leave your teams in the crap, because you are looking at approximately 4 to 5 players from of each of the major unions.

  • BemusedReade - 2010-12-07 15:10

    From reading these comments, one would think that the 'average' rugby supporter in this country is a petty, bigoted and self centred being. I trully feel sorry for Luke, on the one hand he suffered chastisement from the 'white' community because his father had the moral compass to realise that the system he may have wanted to have played for was wrong and unjust. I'm not saying that all white people should have done the same and they may not have agreed with policies at the time, their silence was tacit acceptance, just like the German people during the Holocaust. Due to this he's referred to as a self hating white. All the Luke haters should seriously get a life, stop having 'relations' with their sisters,and get over themselves. Luke is a great player, and that cannot be denied, look at what he did for the WP/Stormers, and now all of a sudden they have become actual title contenders due to his sacrifices to awake the sleeping giant of SA Rugby. Anyone who is South African and a rugby supporter should support their South African rugby team, whether they remain as the springboks, or change to the proteas or even the royal baboons. The open minded and 'true' supporters of South African Rugby welcome you with open arms Luke...

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 16:03

      Maybe you missed the Watson's specific hatred of Afrikaans people. I mean, like you say, most English whites also "tacitly accepted" what was happening. Yet they feel entirely justified in demonizing a whole enthnic group as the scapegoat for events that were almost unavoidable due to their own home country's transgressions. Look at their reaction to Schalk Burger... as if that bloke has done anything to deserve it other than speaking a particular language. That is the definition of racism. Can you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-07 16:25

      Also, "anyone who is South African and a rugby supporter should support their South African rugby team, whether they remain as the Springboks, or change to the Proteas or event the Royal Baboons"... as for that I have this to say; If the name means nothing then why all the fuss of changing the emblem or the name by our overlords? Mmm... The only issue here is some ANC-apologists pretend it was a symbol of oppression... crap. It has been made quite clear to us that most South Africans only care about soccer and that rugby is a minority sport. It is a symbol of white South African success and that why it is hated by our ideological government. Interesting comment about the Germans. Their overreaction was due to the draconian British punishment of them after WWI, and the bad economy of course but that made worse by the reparations that had to be paid. Nothing happens in isolation. But in SA we like pretend BEE is somehow justified by past actions, while its precursor, Apartheid, just happened out of the blue due to the pure inherent evilness of the Afrikaners... BS again. The Watson family revels in their hate for an ethnic group whether the facts support the stance or not. That is why I feel sorry for Luke because he has been brainwashed by that.

      bluejay - 2010-12-07 20:38

      staalburger:you are the hypocrite here bud!!you and your family probably rfoyaly benifited from the apartheid probably never spoke out against the system because it was to your are the type of afrikaner that i hate.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-08 11:37

      Bluejay, you have made it pretty clear that you are blinded by hate, so your opinions are to be taken... in light of that. But enjoy your hate Bluejay, it merely proves me right that BEE (especially in sport) is about revenge, not development.

  • Abs - 2010-12-07 15:43

    I think a better name for them will be Watsons Province! get it, get it.....agh never mind!

  • supporter - 2010-12-07 15:48


  • Thomas - 2010-12-08 01:58

    I hope there is more black players in the team than there were supporting them in the last game they played at the MD stadium! For the black haven of rugby, you didn't see it in the spectators.

      Durasmart - 2010-12-08 15:11

      You must be colourblind. Almost half of the 45 000 crowd for the game against he Pumas were non-white. I know of a group of black supporters that have not missed a single EP game the whole year, including all the away games. They have travelled at their own expense to places like Welkom, Brakpan and Witbank to support EP. I haven't heard of many white supporters doing that.

      Thomas - 2010-12-10 03:29

      You mean almost half the team that came to eventually lose it for them! You right it was only a group!

  • Bakes - 2010-12-08 07:22

    Why doesnt he just go into politics. I see daddy's there as well. Nepotism's alive and wll in EP

  • MAGIC - 2010-12-08 08:51

    Oraait, so welkom weereens by die "Kom ons gun die Kings" show. Ek sien heelwat comments oors puke, nepotism en politics, maar bitter min oor Luke se spel. So lyk my nie hy is te sleg dan op die veld nie. So sekerlik uit 'n RUGBY oogpunt is dit 'n goeie besluit om hom Kings toe te bring. Hy is goed genoeg, so wat maak dit saak of sy pa betrokke is by die die Kings? En ja, ek is 'n Dutchman, en ja ek was moerig oor sy dinge, maar ek is darem al mooi volwasse en weet dat mens nie vir altyd iets teen iemand hou nie.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-12-08 11:38

      Hy is 'n goeie speler, net nie goed genoeg vir die Bokke nie.

      Wynand - 2011-03-23 11:05

      Hy was mans genoeg om te erken hy was verkeerd. dit maak hom 'n beter mens as meeste wat hier "blog". Kom ons gee hom 'n skoon bladsy om mee te begin en kyk of hy hom weer sal laat beinvloed. Hy is nou mos jammer oor die verlede so kom ons judge hom dan op wat hy gaan doen. Ek persoonlik hoop hy hou homself by rugby en uit die politiek uit! Welkom terug Luke - hou nou asb net jouself uit die Ka-k uit :)

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  • Christaki - 2010-12-23 20:34

    Super excited LUKE rocks....hope EP can become a super power in south african rugby once again.

  • Oukoos - 2011-03-23 09:14

    The Bulls missed a golden opportunity. We all know that Spies is a has-been while Potgieter and Stegmann are never-beens. With Luke in the team, they could have replaced at least one of their useless loose forwards with a quality player.

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