Luke Watson signs with Keo

2011-05-17 14:17

Tank Lanning

Luke Watson arrived back in South Africa last week after a successful playing stint in Bath, and after a quiet few days spent catching up with family, friends and former players, he was presented to the media in Cape Town by Highbury Safika Media (HSM - publishers of SA Rugby magazine and amongst others).

HSM, at the same function, confirmed their entry into the sports management market with their signing of the fiery Springbok, Bath and EP Kings loose forward.

Questioned on any potential conflict of interest given that Watson just happens to be the poster and cover model for this month’s issue of SA Rugby magazine, HSM CEO Kevin Ferguson was confident in the belief that his editorial teams would pick covers and features based on servicing readers rather than any other potentially nefarious reasons.

Backing up their CEO were Commercial Director, and the man who will run the player management side of the business, Shane Keohane, brother to HSM Chief Operating Officer, Mark Keohane, who were both at pains to stress that the two sides of the business would be kept very separate.

“As a player I wanted to be aligned with a vibrant company who share my enthusiasm for Eastern Province and South African rugby, and who also believe there is a different way to manage the careers of players,” said Watson.

Watson arrives in Port Elizabeth at the weekend and will represent the Kings in the guise of the South African Kings in June’s IRB sanctioned Emerging Nations tournament to be hosted by Romania. The Kings replace the Emerging Springboks as South Africa’s tournament representative.


  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-17 14:20

    GREAT player, unfortunately never given an opportunity by some IDIOTS!!!!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-17 14:40

      @bloemmer of blooper- WTF. Ek kan nie, ek moet comment...

      WeZo - 2011-05-17 15:02

      Agreed. top player! but ai, needed to keep comments to himself at times

      Marx - 2011-05-17 15:09

      Talking about idiots, he did play for your team..............

      Theuns - 2011-05-17 15:49

      Ag ek kots sommer...

      Marx - 2011-05-17 16:20

      Oh yes, and on the subject, loved the way the boooooooed his ass at Newlands, the only good thing that happened there in 11 years and counting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Martin - 2011-05-17 17:01

      Aaaaggghhh, verander sommer Steve se K-woord liedjie na WPBEFONK of Lukie & Pappa Watson

  • zaroblan - 2011-05-17 14:34

    I for one am extremely happy that Luke is back in the country. He was really hard done by the rugby establishment after proving himself time and time again. The statistics back it up. The last time he faced Pierre Spies (for example) he played him off the park. Luke is an outstanding No. 8 and a brilliant captain. Welcome back Luke ... give it horns!!!

      Ian - 2011-05-17 14:54

      What game would you be refering to? My recollection is Luke always used to play second fiddle when WP played the stronger teams like the Bulls. He always used to shine in the first half of the Currie Cup season when the other teams played without their Boks. But when the Boks returned, Luke (and WP for that matter) tended to fade.

      chappy - 2011-05-17 15:28

      Ja you right, Spies always runs many, many more metres than any other #8. But unfortunately most of those metres are sideways....

      Delarey - 2011-05-17 16:14

      ZAROBLAN, you must really stop smoking that stuff! It's frying your brain. Puke Twatson is an overrated moron that shoots his mouth off to the detriment of South Africans in general. His dad's interference and his disgusting behaviour should have had him kicked out of SA rugby for good. There are a number of players better than him and those that support this cretin have no idea what they are talking about.

      Marx - 2011-05-17 16:17

      You don't mention the words Spies and Luke in the same sentence....period.......What is exceptable however is the following : "My name is Luke, and I love to Puke"......let's face it, with that name, this guy was destined for it..........

      Ouboet1 - 2011-05-17 17:42

      How can he "give it horns"?ONLY BULLS CAN!!!

      Bryan - 2011-05-18 08:29

      You living in a dream world. In fact I'm yet to see him finish a game against the Bulls without going off injured. Imagine what Schalk would be able to do to him.

      Durasmart - 2011-05-18 09:16

      He will have to fight for his place in the Kings team as there is no obvious player for him to replace, because all three their current loose-forwards are playing excellent rugby. Jacques Engelbrecht, the no.8 is big, strong and fast, Jacques Potgieter reminds me of a Schalk Burger in his crazy days, who went flying into everything all over the park and Devon Oosthuizen is your honest grafting fetcher flank that does all the hard work on the ground. The other thing is that all three are much taller than Luke, which make then the better choices at the back of the line-outs.

  • Raeez - 2011-05-17 14:35

    Shouldve been the current Springbok captain. "Unlucky Luke"lol

  • No1Dutchman - 2011-05-17 14:38

    Welcome back luke, I nominate you for a no8 position in the WC team. SouthAfricaNI

      Delarey - 2011-05-17 16:15

      You spend a lot of time with ZAROBLAN. Shame.

  • lefty - 2011-05-17 14:38

    Welkom terug Luke! BAIE dankie dat jy nie terugkom Stormers toe nie.

  • The Goose - 2011-05-17 14:39

    Luke Watson it for me.

  • Johann - 2011-05-17 14:41

    So each SA Rugby magazine is going to be full of luke watson. Loveley. Good super rugby player, not good enough for the Springbokke. We have enough loosies.

  • Rinus Eckard - 2011-05-17 14:54

    He wants to represent the country? Again? This same guy that wanted to puke on the Springbok jersey? He should rather stay puking somewhere else. But hey - did his dadda get him this position as well?

      chappy - 2011-05-17 15:29

      We've all made mistakes when we were younger, let's see if he has grown up like he claims. Everyone deserves a 2nd chance.

      Andries - 2011-05-17 15:34

      Gaan terug skool toe. You are a classic example of someone "picking up stompies". The kind of person that media sensationalism targets. You should first read all the facts before opening your big mouth over the internet, and advertising how dof you are.

      GILLBERT - 2011-05-17 15:39

      rinus ek stem honderd persent saam met jou luke puke blows...... kan nie wag om daai idiot weer op loftus te sie nie home of 60 000 dutchmen

      Monolito - 2011-05-17 17:44

      some people are just plain stupid. Another example of taking something out of context. How would any of you feel after you spilled your guts for something, but becuase of your name you get critisised left, right and center. You'd be gatvol. If Steroid Spies was half the player Watson in the the boks would not be in the trouble they are now. Judge a player on how he plays.

      Ouklip - 2011-05-17 18:02

      Go look at the yersey. It is not a Springbok yersey any longer but the fools still buy it.

  • GILLBERT - 2011-05-17 15:01

    dink sa rugby magazine gan fok#l issues vrekoop die maand nie

      SX137 - 2011-05-17 18:30

      Actually mate, there are rugby supporters that are not blinded by racism and nationalism and recognise the huge skill and charisma that Luke Watson has. He has the people skills necessary for a Springbok Captain in the New SA, unlike many players of your ilk still stuck in the old SA.

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-17 15:01

    Interesting that no big union is interested in him ? I dont like him at all , yes he can play good sometimes. but there are alot better players out there currently and they are getting better and better. But to come to South Africa now and play for the Kings almost certainly wont get him in the bok squad, if he makes it, it is truly politics and nothing else. (and please dont say he is politically connected thanks to daddy).

      Dwerg - 2011-05-17 15:24

      I don't think we can count on the loose forwards we have at the moment. Let's forget about who will be selected because of contracts and the selectors habitual conservatism. 1. Who would be your back row and reserve loosey at this point based on form. I'm not saying Luke is here to save the day, but he definitely adds to a pool that seems to be dwindling, when compared to our SANZAR friends. In my opinion 6. Heinrich Brussouw (assuming he stays fit) 7. Schalk Burger (hardly ever fetches so he might as well change sides) 8. Dwayne Vermeulen 19. Willem Alberts

      John - 2011-05-17 16:08

      @ Dwerg. I agree with you. Not to many have been sticking their hand up in this S15. I also agree with the 4 you have identified as the best around at the moment. Maybe there is a case for Watson.

  • Samaya - 2011-05-17 15:07

    When a young winger tackles another player and then proceeds to drive him off the park, you would think the tackled player is probably another winger or maybe a scrummy - you wouldn't think it is a flanker. Then if said player was professional enough he wouldn't get mad when this was done to him... I LIKE Gerhard vd Heever...

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-17 15:15

    That whole story about the puking on the Bok jersey was wrong. Luke was misquotched.

      Kok - 2011-05-17 15:24


      Blouste-Blou - 2011-05-17 15:28

      Ag pleaase, Gorilla! Word wakker jou pap word koud

      chappy - 2011-05-17 15:31

      I hate being misquotched too...

      Gorilla - 2011-05-17 15:46

      Blouste... please don't show yourself up here. I am aware that most of you guys can't read, but I can spell, and generally spelling mistakes aren't in my bag of tricks - so read my post again numbnut.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-17 16:17

      You will notice that the retards who badmouth Luke never state facts, but only stupid insults. I do not know exactly what he said, but what I have heard is pretty much spot on. Some people just do not have the honesty to face up to the truth.

      Yoni - 2011-05-18 15:05

      You mean he miskotsed?

  • Tolla09 - 2011-05-17 15:19

    agreed as well....good player, ...did not get the chances he deserved..., but not cool to say the stuff he did. none the less, welcome back!

  • Kok - 2011-05-17 15:21

    Welcome back Luke! Great having your back.

  • John - 2011-05-17 15:27

    Jake White's handling of Luke Watson in the media played a huge role in the negative perception Luke Watson has in this country. Yes the politicians got involved but Jake dragged him down everytime the opportunity presented itself and Luke retaliated. Luke may or may not be good enough to play for the boks but one thing is for sure. He is an intelligent player & his reading of the game is better than most. Rugby in SA needs more Lukes same as the game needs more SBW's and Quade Coopers.

      Dries - 2011-05-17 15:52

      Sorry John but I will never have any respect for somebody who wants to puke on the Sprinbok jersey. Our competitors showed more respect for our values and colours that what Luke Watson did.

      Trevor - 2011-05-17 16:22

      Luke made is own bed...his dad Cheeky was the one who dragged in the ANC/Politics with is connections when Luke was not good enough AT THE TIME to play in the Bok team...oh and Luke plays for Daddies team in the Kings...*yawn*...Jake White summed up Luke perfectly so there is no way you can blame Jake....

      Warren - 2011-05-17 19:25

      Are you for real? Rugby in SA needs more people wanting to puke on the Springbok emblem? Your namesake John Smit described Luke Watson short & to the point: a CANCER!!!!! Luke Watson is & always will be a political choice. (& that, Howzitekse, is a fact.)

  • 106SA - 2011-05-17 15:32

    Welcome back to SA Luke.Hope you enjoy your new job,as not too many provinces will employ you!!

  • Big Al - 2011-05-17 15:43

    Keo better not leave any Bok jerseys lying around in his offices. Could get messy and smelly..............

  • Dries - 2011-05-17 15:43

    Luke Watson will not feature in a Super15 team at the moment. We are looking forward to see him at Loftus again!! He is just not in the same league as Burger, Alberts, Juan Smith, Brussow, Daniels, Stegman, Louw, Potgieter, Deysel, Botes etc. He is only an ordinary player (according to our standards) who did use his political connections to get into the Springbok team. Daddy couldn't make it either.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-17 16:23

      Luke is better than Stegman. Potgieter or the one you failed to mention Spies. No overseas club side would spend money on these guys, so I do not know why you mention them with the others, who are genuinely top class.

  • PUKE - 2011-05-17 15:45

    No Puke Watson sucks! He doesn't deserve to play in South Africa.

      Pieter Pieletjie - 2011-05-17 16:30

      What an intelligent comment! Congratulations!

  • fishing zoot - 2011-05-17 15:57

    luke back in the country for epkings , me thinks about 2 weeks before he starts shooting his mouth off and putting both boots fully into his mouth, a leopard never changes his spots or should that be he will never get rid of that ugly tatoo?

  • rangerman - 2011-05-17 16:04

    This is a huge conflict of interest! how can SA Rugby Magazine think that us, the paying readers are not realising that they are shoving him down our throats w.r.t cover? Cheers Keo, its been nice because it seemed honest. So they all fall.

  • Delarey - 2011-05-17 16:04

    This clown back in town!! What a pity! And now the "Kings" replace the Emerging Springboks! Anything to get this prick back into the limelight. He should have ‘eternally stupid’ tattooed on his arm. Break a leg Puke.

  • Shauno - 2011-05-17 16:08

    Good luck Luke

  • Doc Ho - 2011-05-17 16:12

    "Puke" will never make the esteemed boks again, not if it were public choice, that is, he may be a good physical player but his mind is tainted particularly by his dad, Cheapy Watson, what a pity. Go public and BEG for forgiveness of your puking sins and rebuke your father, we may be moved to reconsider your inclusion into this country and you better bring your boots sonny...

  • Rammsteen - 2011-05-17 16:27

    Quick, hide your Springbok jerseys, the idiot is back! Lovely chap boet, hope you don't mess it up with a grass burn.

  • Francois - 2011-05-17 16:30

    Oooohh.......cant wait to see him square up to Heinrich Brussouw. ha ha ha ha.

  • Dr Phil - 2011-05-17 16:32

    What a Chop who cares!!!

  • Doc Ho - 2011-05-17 16:39

    What were you thinking Keo? "Puke" you're not welcome here. If it were up to public opinion you'd never play on our sacred ground again. You'd need to BEG for your "puking" sins and rebuke your fathers mental mould, publicly and perhaps we will be moved to excuse your childlike behavior and then don't forget to bring your boots sonny...

      Opinion - 2011-05-17 17:17

      Ahhh, it is funny how those against Luke assume they respresent all the South-African rugby supporters. My blood is green and I do not approve of all Luke's comments/opinions. I do give every player, irrespective of province, colour or nations the credit they diserve for their talent. I did not saw him play this year, but before het left RSA, he was defenitely one of the 3 best loose forwards in RSA.

      SX137 - 2011-05-17 18:44

      WELCOME BACK TO SA, LUKE..I for one hope you play for SA again. (Intelligent rugby for a change)

  • Dwerg - 2011-05-17 17:11

    the funniest part about this whole Luke saga is how no one forgives him and preaches forgiveness for what happened in the old RSA. Andries Bekker, Joost and in the past James Small and Bullet amongst others remain highly regarded, despite their questionable morals. If (and I say this as neutrally as possible) the guy plays well, he deserves his place in the professional system.

      FearoPhobia - 2011-05-17 17:49

      Agreed but unfortunately most people can't be that objective.

      nohorse - 2011-05-17 18:26

      You are making a very valid point about forgiveness. We are a high horse nation that judge very easily and don't forgive but have all kind of excuses for our own behaviour in the past.

  • Patrick - 2011-05-17 17:21

    My goodness some of you on here are idiots Welcome back Luke. Awesome few seasons at Bath Hopefully you will thrive being back home and good luck to you and the Kings in Romania

  • roboman1 - 2011-05-17 17:26

    Wanker Watson, get out of here before we puke all over you

  • windkind - 2011-05-17 17:44

    Great, the douche is back. Nice photo of him showing off his tat. If ever there was any doubt about him being a gold plated dildo, then that photo dispels all doubt.

  • Sprokie - 2011-05-17 18:36

    Obviously he just came back in time to vote for the ANC.. Don't think this idiot will ever have the honor again to wear the green and gold!

  • Razz-ma-Tazz - 2011-05-17 18:39

    Wheather you wanna call him Luke Watson or Puke Watson, he will remain a player of charactor. Brilliant qualities as a SOUTIE, and better than any AFRIKANER #8 player. SHOULD definately been the next BOK Captain. Is glad nie op sy bek geval nie, en call a spade `n spade.

      Razz-ma-Tazz - 2011-05-17 19:11

      Sprokie, see that you know your rugby so WELL!!! You omitted this Pierre Spies is the BIGGEST overrated player on the planet. When last and Where did he last perform in a match. He cannot even perform for a SLOPPY BULLS TEAM.

      Sprokie - 2011-05-17 19:46

      Sorry Bro, I am not going to argue with a rose/british lion supporter over whom the best number 8 in South Africa is.. It's a no brainer!! After all, he was awarded SA Currie Cup Player of the Year, SA Player of the Year, International Player of the Year.. Besides, It's not only whom the best player is, but about pride and patriotism as well, and that my friend, is what makes the Bokke great!!

  • Draconian - 2011-05-19 09:00

    That's all we need, another @sshole with an opinion! everybody's got one! This guy is such a d*ck! Try & bolster yourself with the race card! go back too the U.K. We don't need or want @ssholes like you or your father!

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