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Luke Watson to skipper Kings

2012-09-20 10:24

Cape Town - Southern Kings coach Alan Solomons has confirmed that flank Luke Watson will be the first-choice captain when the team makes their Super Rugby debut in 2013.

Watson currently captains the EP Kings in the Currie Cup First Division.

According to the keo-co.za website, Watson missed the opening rounds of this year's Currie Cup competition due to a shoulder operation and a quad strain, but he has shown tremendous form in his four appearances, scoring eight tries.

"Luke is a player that will score plenty of tries for your team," said Solomon. "But it’s his general play that has been very impressive. He’s been in great form since coming back from injury."

Solomons went as far as to say that Watson could add value to the Springboks, especially seeing as there's currently no consensus regarding South Africa's loose forward trio.

"Luke has proven he is a quality player and he can make an impact at a higher level, but it’s up to (Springbok coach) Heyneke Meyer to decide on who he wants to use in his team."

 

Sport24

Comments
  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-20 10:26

    1 year, then we will not have to watch the Disgrace of a team again.

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-09-20 10:45

      What great local black talent from the E cape that is. Can't wait to see puke at the home of 60 000 dutchmen

      jrheeder - 2012-09-20 11:09

      This whole balls up is becuase guavament want to see transformation?? All I am seeing is a White Captain, White Coaches, recruiting of White Players from other franchises. What the hell was this all for then? No white person should have gotten involved, that way it woulod be clear for all to see what BBBEE translates to on a scoreboard.

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-09-20 11:23

      Was anybody else going to be appointed since Chris HAni is not available for left wing and Eugene Terreblanche not for right wing? This is not news. News24 does not report that the sun will inevitably rise tomorrow - in the exact same way Luke was going to be appointed. Hope he does the same for the Kings as what he did for the Stormers and for the Sharks.

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-09-20 13:56

      only disgrace will be you when u are eating humble pie u Chop !

      david.w.bakker - 2012-09-20 14:08

      @ R4million a year Luke will be happy

      joneethling - 2012-09-20 14:34

      Mention the Watsons and all the racists crawl out of the woodwork and start chirping their backward rubbish. Works like a charm.

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-09-20 15:08

      julle gaan ann en aan en aan...bottom line is THE EPK will be sitting at the bottom of the log, another disappointing SA team.

      joneethling - 2012-09-20 15:47

      Bottom 2 positions in super rugby for the last 15 years. 1998 - Northern Bulls 11 Golden Cats 12 1999 - Cats 11 Northern Bulls 12 2000 - Bulls 11 Sharks 12 2001 - Blues 11 Bulls 12 2002 - Cats 11 Bulls 12 2003 - Sharks 11 Cats 12 2004 - Huricanes 11 Cats 12 2005 - Cats 11 Sharks 12 2006 - Cats 13 Force 14 2007 - Waratahs 13 Reds 14 2008 - Cheetahs 13 Cats 14 2009 - Reds 13 Cheetahs 14 2010 - Force 13 Lions 14 2011 - Lions 14 Rebels 15 2012 - Force 14 Lions 15 Give Eastern Cape a chance. With proper sponsors and personel in place, they may just do better than the other bottom feeders.

  • Conrad Janse van Rensburg - 2012-09-20 10:35

    Still getting help from daddy? "daddy daddy, i want a pony.... "

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 10:43

      At least his daddy is a hero to many! And your daddy - a diesel mechanic!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 10:58

      Isn't this Watson boy to old to be playing rugby - shouldn't he be doing grown-up things by now - like running a jersey cleaning bussines or something . .

      vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-09-20 11:17

      Cape what do you care,you don't even sup SA,or did Cheeky by u a pony to sit on his lap back in the day

      zambezi.river - 2012-09-20 11:23

      @Maori.........................you mate r a ripper ! U made my day!

      macziekpk - 2012-09-20 11:26

      His daddy is a hero to who? The oke saw a opportunity and opened spaza shops in the township. Ja he is my hero

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 11:40

      @cape.maori - you into this toilet humour thing in a big way . . . . ?

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 12:01

      Luke's daddy also supports e-tolls and age restrictions on the spear painting . . . . . or did he fight against it for the people . . . . probably b'cause of his heroic efforts to save us from these evil things that Luke likes his daddy . . . .

      francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-09-20 12:50

      i must say the diesel mechanic tune is quite funny

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-21 06:37

      @Cape Maori. So wat is fout met 'n diesel mechanic? As daar nie diesel mechanics was nie, sou jou geroeste bakkie elke tweede dag gaan staan het.

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-21 10:36

      What the hell Maestro!!!??? What kind of a stupid comment is that? I do not support what Cape Maori has to say, but that comment of yours is totally offsides!!! I think that Luke Watson is going to have a tough time in South Africa, and all this "hero to many" is a load of rubbish. Speak to people who were involved with Cheeky and hear what they have to say, and it makes for very interesting listening! Be that as it may, there is no need to abuse like that here.

  • jandre.demas - 2012-09-20 10:35

    It wl b a huge surprise if I c any positive comments on this article

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 10:38

      The comments will not about Luke as a rugby player, but as the son of Cheeky who had the balls to promote non-racial sports! A man who challenged the system while his counter parts oppressed millions of people. Remove your blinkers and talk about Luke, the rugga player!

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 10:41

      The typical comment will not be about Luke as a rugby player, but insulting him as the son of Cheeky, who had the balls to challenge an oppressive system. The bokkie fans see Cheeky as a sell out - they were in "die weermag" whereas Cheeky was playing rugga in the townships. Kings will not make the cut next year, but Cheeky proved a point!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-20 10:49

      He will probably never be forgiven for his longing to puke on the Bok jersey, most Bok supporters won't want him back.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-09-20 11:03

      @cape you surely are the delusional one. If he was really trying to uplift the so-called oppressed, why hasn't he started yet. He has been in the E/C for quite some time now and YET no superstars are born under his guidance. The man has R40mio budget for 2013 and yet he scouts all over the world for players instead of bleeding new young talent. Sorry the Watsons of the E/C seriously make me NAAR!!

      peter.britz1 - 2012-09-20 11:06

      @ cape.maori, and his daddy is now stocking his team with whites. Bwaahaaaa how ironic. The knight in shining armour, chumpion of the previously disadvantaged, needs the whites to make his team competitive. Only reason Cheeky played in the townships, is because it's the only place he could cut the mustard

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 11:10

      @Peter - the game has changed mate! It is a professional game - all franchises buy players - It is not Cheeky's fault that no rugby development took place in the EC- ask the gate keepers in sa rugby who want to preserve the game for "their people". Whether you like Cheeky or not - he had balls! Cannot say the same of the afrikaners.

      dolphindunes.guesthouse - 2012-09-20 11:20

      Cape maori....the name says it all. You have no balls to face what you are, so you assume another identity. You will never be as noble as a maori.

      zambezi.river - 2012-09-20 11:25

      Luke for Springbok!

      adrian.strydom - 2012-09-20 12:22

      @cape.maori....you say Cheeky had balls, not like the Afrikaners. At least the Afrikaners have teeth....not like most of your brethren.....'the tunnel of luv'...

      stephan.theunissen.9 - 2012-09-20 12:55

      I’m looking forward to finally see Luke playing Super Rugby again. I’ve always been a fan, even when people were dissing him for a very immature remark about vomiting on the Springbok Jersey. Yes, like every other human he has his flaws. I am an Afrikaner, but I’m happy to say that I’ve shown many of my friends from far away that not all Afrikaners are racist. It saddens me when I see people referring to Afrikaners as racist and I wish to someday meet you and we could sit and enjoy a drink as I promise you that your generalisation of Afrikaners may just be proven wrong. I’ll be very careful to predict that they would end up being the joke of the 2013 Super 15 tournament. The may just end up doing pretty well.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 13:30

      Give up alread Stephan.theunissen.9 - that new-racist cape.maori will never break bread with you . . .

      joneethling - 2012-09-20 14:38

      Decent comment Stephan, but you are the exception to the rule.

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-20 15:31

      Rene, you clearly dont know what the Watsons did for rugby in the region. Cheecky was in fact the last Watson to move to the Black/colored union. They had a hell of a lot more conviction than most of the fool trolling on this site. The fact that he choose to stand up for his beliefs when a Bok jersey beckoned says a lot for his character. As for Luke, a damn site better captain AND 8th man than the captain your beloved S15 franchise . Clearly what comes across is the racist mentality of the people who comment here(not referring specifically to you Rene) Bias is one hellava thing and whats more is that the perpetrator will not see and also deny that it existed. I find some of the comments quite sickening and clearly showing a complete lack of knowledge. @ Pieter, clearly what are you expecting a team full of players who have no experience. There is an issue of development @ grassroots level that and the formation of the kings will encourage players to excel in this region and not run to other Provinces/Franchises. at least Watson senior is doing something about the sport in the province..

      handy.andy.3990 - 2012-09-20 17:18

      @cape.maori - you as a South African supporting the All Blacks? Sounds like you are the one stuck in the past, traitor.

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-09-20 22:37

      One thing for sure!!! The Watsons won't go to hell like many of you and your parents. You were OPPRESSORS!! Read what our noble book the Bible says about OPPRESSORS, you will for sure fry like KFC, thats a guarantee. They fought for OPPRESSION all their life long. That is why Luke wanted to puke on your rugby jersey. See how the wheel turns, today so many white supporters feel like puking on the same jersey.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-21 05:44

      @shakes. Go and read what our good book the Bible say about judging people and taking revenge and frying people etc, and then come back to talk to us again.

      drizzy.brink - 2012-09-21 12:18

      @cape.maori just wanted to know what do you do for a living?! you keep on commenting here! dont u have work?

      drizzy.brink - 2012-09-21 12:20

      @cape.maori u a loser. Period

  • johannes.p.nel - 2012-09-20 10:39

    Glad the people of the Eastern Cape have a team to support in next years Super Rugby. Go Kings!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 11:00

      We so happy for you - from the people of the southern Gauteng . . . .

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 11:29

      @Steven - no one cares!

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-20 12:25

      cape.maori... ...loser who blames apartheid for his own failures... .....he he he ...!

  • Thrillers27 - 2012-09-20 10:44

    shouldnt have said he wants to puke on the jersey then. the same jersey other flankers in the country bleed and sweat to wear.

  • docnoo.boddy - 2012-09-20 10:49

    Wow, what a surprise, did not see this one coming!!

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-09-20 11:05

      Hahaha, agree!

      selma.botha.9 - 2012-09-20 11:26

      Flabbergasted. Totally blindsided. Gobsmacked. I thought he was being groomed for Springbok captaincy. Or has that ship sailed.

      deanjb1 - 2012-09-21 02:02

      He'd be alot better leader than the current one

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-21 03:14

      @deanjb. Who is the current Kings captain, and why do you think he so bad?

  • paullouis.louw - 2012-09-20 11:00

    Go Luke. Can't wait for Kings to shock the blind.

      johannes.barnard.77 - 2012-09-20 11:13

      Cant wait for the queens to get the first hiding , Luke Watson wont even make the Griekwas team , sorry mistake they dont want him !!!!,

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 11:52

      Paullouis.louw fantastic - when are they going to play against the blind school - its going to be a ripper . . .

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-09-20 13:59

      At least we dont have to watch the Lions anymore !! Thats a victory already . all u negative chops will be in for a big suprize lol

      adrian.strydom - 2012-09-20 18:49

      They'd have to play the blind to produce any shocks...even then it will b e a close game

      matt.wernich - 2012-09-20 20:25

      rodney. To watch the Lions play is cool.They play good rugby.

  • chris.groenewald.56 - 2012-09-20 11:05

    Captain of the Kings and in good form!!! Good on you Luke and all the best for S15. BUT play for the Bokks after the puke comment? NEVER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll rather play redcard Jepp or Holmes.

  • etienne.smit - 2012-09-20 11:07

    Solomons stating that Luke can be an asset for the Boks?? WTF? well if he is picked, congratulations and good luck but I for one, will boycott all things Springbok

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-20 15:34

      Great you go for it..just shown your true colors...

  • vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-09-20 11:09

    Injured? And here I thought he was just going down on his daddy and the ANC gov,makes no difference to me,the guy is a knob and who better to lead a undeserving S15 team to the worst season to ever happen,can't wait for him,Cheeky and the brother JuJu to disappear!

  • dolphindunes.guesthouse - 2012-09-20 11:18

    Yeah little lulu. It is easy to score tries in the B section with a dominant forward pack. just hang around the back and let the other forwards take you over the line.....

  • peter.brown.940436 - 2012-09-20 11:18

    Ha Ha Pukie

  • johannes.barnard.77 - 2012-09-20 11:19

    @ cape idiot , so was hitler and bin ladden hero's to plenty

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 11:26

      Why the dislike of Luke? Is it because he does not share the afrikaner mentality? Is he liberal / verlig for your liking? Is it his disrespect for the bok jersey (which is, in any event, a symbol of apartheid!), is it because Cheeky is his daddy? Why, oh, why?

      Johannes - 2012-09-20 11:40

      Cape - Many people have now said WHY they do not like him. He is a two faced, back stabbing skelem! Stop being sooo monotones. You are not a Maori. Stop pretending mate. If a real NZder had to see your comments and the way you go on, on this site, they will laugh at you.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 11:47

      Why, oh why didn't he rather puke on an AB jersey so that cape.maori dont feel like a moron for being the only one liking Pukie . . . . .

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-20 12:18

      cape.maori.... ....after 18 years still UNsuccessfull for all the AA and BEE jobs he applied for... He he he he ..!!

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-20 15:35

      Johannes had more balls than you to defy the apartheid govt that you so supported to opress people of color

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-09-20 11:21

    well we know who will be number 15 on the table

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 11:30

      The bulls?

      jandre.demas - 2012-09-20 12:06

      Lag-my-yt-blou-bul-onerbroek, Maori nou mk j d boere d moer in

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 12:22

      What are you on about Sammy Willow - you want to replace Kirchner with a non-deserving non-black AA type in the team . . . .?

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-09-20 22:52

      Jandre. Die waarheid maak seer.....weet jy waarom boere so d moer in is, is omdat hulle onnosel is, kyk maar na hul rugby dan sal jy besef. Gee my 100 thumbs downs!

  • sharkie.fin - 2012-09-20 11:24

    Daddy's boy....

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-20 15:36

      And you probably hold on to your mom's apron strings... so much betta

  • cape.maori - 2012-09-20 11:31

    Why the dislike of Luke? Is it because he does not share the afrikaner mentality? Is he liberal / verlig for your liking? Is it his disrespect for the bok jersey (which is, in any event, a symbol of apartheid!), is it because Cheeky is his daddy? Why, oh, why?

      pietskietgospringbokke.springbok - 2012-09-20 11:41

      Capie want hy is net so idiot soos jy haal jou ras brille af en begin die lewe geniet o jy kan nie wanneer kan ons jou deport new zealand toe die land van die swart varing? Go Suid-Afrika Go Bokke Go al die SA spanne behalwe anc kings span

      tobie.vangreunen - 2012-09-20 11:44

      Blah blah blah aparteid, jy praat rerig baie stront cape.maori

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 11:48

      Why, oh why didn't he rather puke on an AB jersey so that cape.maori dont feel like a moron for being the only one liking Pukie . . . . . Seeing that you feel so left out that you had to post twice . . . .

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 11:48

      Reg so baas Tobie - die waarheid maak mos seer!! Volgende keer, maak asseblief seker van baas se spelling!

      tobie.vangreunen - 2012-09-20 11:59

      Niks maak seer nie, maar dit word nogal boring om na 18 jaar te luister na apartheid want dumb asses soos jy gebruik dit nog as n verskoning vir alles wat verkeerd is in die land. Jy kan maar in my tuin kom werk as jy my baas wil noem hoor ;)

      paul.sdoow - 2012-09-20 12:05

      er Kevin is that tattoo or tjappies? and cape the dislike of Luke is similar to a baby that throws his toys out of the cot expecting every one to stop and help! is father is another kettle of fish at present till we all see how the ep kings funding has been allocated. cause i pretty sure he ain't doing his talking for charity unlike his prophecy of cause is for charity to empower under privileged players of colour! and for some silly reason do you think that there no racism in Australia and new Zealand? think again or visit and be called abbo at own risk! maybe ask a few prison warders from south Africa of colour and find out if they share living quarters cause a few years ago it was still separate .

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 12:06

      Reg so baas, wanneer moet ek begin? Net nie oppie Maandag nie, hoor die lanie!

      zambezi.river - 2012-09-20 12:11

      @Kevin........................I have a rat drawn on my arse. Do u wanna see?

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 12:11

      @Paul - it seems you have the evidence of maladministration, corruption etc against Cheeky! please report him to the Hawks and let us know how far you get.

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-20 12:12

      cape.maori.... ...toothless loser from the Cape Flats....??

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 12:16

      @Blou Johnny - thank you! Compliment accepted!

      tobie.vangreunen - 2012-09-20 12:22

      Nee wat ek kry maar eerder vir my iemand van zim af, jy klink te veel na daai tipe wat gaan steel en te veel suip op die job.

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 12:25

      Reg so, ek gaan maar by baas Blou Johnny luister vir 'n job! Die babelas trek eers Donderdag middae uit!

      ann.donnelly.22 - 2012-09-20 12:35

      No... it's because he has to rely on Daddy to pave the way for him! He wasn't that good a rugby player in any event. It's about time he grew a pair.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 13:13

      @kevin - dont worry about evidence - its a given that cape.maori has a tatoo that says 6.6.6 . . . . . . .

      visrulz - 2012-09-20 15:07

      @ Cape.Maori: I'm trying to be civil here, but I'm Afrikaans... :P and judging(afrikaner remember?) by your definition of afrikaner, I should probably address you as Oom Maori, because you also seem to share the mentality you are so trying to get away from, with all your biatching and moaning, just like the rest of us biatching and moaning afrikaners... There are a lot of totally clueless(enter multiple explicit here) people commenting here, don't get sucked into it and then generalize. I'm 100% certain in that manner, that you are not getting your message across, unless that message is that we are all biatching and moaning afrikaners... Please explain why you believe the bok jersey is a symbol of apartheid? Or at least why it is a symbol of apartheid to you? Because there are millions of people of all races who got snotters(drunk, in all possible definitions) when the Springboks won the WC both in '95 and 2007... As far as I know, the Springbok was chosen by players, whilst on tour in the UK and not by any racist guavament... just sayin'. Have a nice day

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-09-20 23:11

      Visrulz... That is a good question. Let me answer why the Bok jersey is definitely a symbol of Apartheid. Your uncle Oom Danie Craven said "nooit sal 'n gekleurde speler 'n Springbok trui oor sy kop trek nie" does that answer your question. If not, than why was players of colour never allowed to play for the Boks. Instead they created two teams called the PROTEAS for coloureds and LEOPARDS for blacks to play. Today whenever a player of colour puls a Boks jersey over his head Danie Craven pisses in his grave. He was the engineer of Apartheid in rugby, the RUBBISH. He will surely be punished, remember GOD does'nt sleep.

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-09-20 23:16

      Well said Razz, your facts are spot on.....that's why the Bok jersey must go. It symbolizes Apartheid, which won't be forgotten unless the Bok emblem disappear.

  • john.fourie.18 - 2012-09-20 11:35

    Oh my..... Oh what a surprise!!!

  • truthis.tway - 2012-09-20 11:53

    nepotism much? Why no black captain?

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 12:09

      Non-black Lukie Pukie is the new black . . .

  • theo.dupreez - 2012-09-20 11:56

    I can't believe all the negative comments I read here. Obviously, with only one year, they have to try to get a competitive team together for next year, If they don't survive 2013, all the millions will be wasted and a chance to develope local talent, which will take the best part of a decade, if not longer. You can see how the EP Kings's competitiveness increased dramatically after it was announced that they will play in the Super 15 next year. If the EP plays Super rugby, maybe all those talented (black) players won't leave for WP, Bulls and all the other teams. For instance, Siya Kolisi is from Zwide. He played in the EP till last year (EP u16/18/19 and SAschools 2008/9!) Scarra Ntubeni is from East London and so is both the Ndungane twins. I can go on and on. I think that was the idea all along, to keep local talent in the Eastern Cape. Lwazi Mvovo was born in Umtata and therefore also from the region. I think you will find that apart from the Zim-born players (Mtawarira, Mujati and Tonderai Chavanga), most of our black players hails from the Eastern Cape. So there!! :-p

      vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-09-20 12:03

      If they earned their spot maybe it would be a diff storie

      Francois - 2012-09-20 12:59

      the problem is that Cheeky is NOT signing people from the Eastern Cape or previous disadvantaged player!

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-20 15:42

      You see Theo, these okes dont understand what you trying to say, they only see it thru their racist perspective and no more. You also forget that some of the Bok greats came from the EC.. Hannes Marais, 'domkrag', Danie Gerber and so on...

      lesbeen - 2012-09-21 06:46

      @Stormkaap... Racist perspective? I thought the Watsons were white? It is a sign of poor intellect when someone runs to false racism arguments for a comeback! As in your case! The EP has a legacy of a 100years of bad results and poor player retention... It's not only the last decade that they have been nowhere? For every \great\ player from EP, there are 3 from other unions! They just have to leave the EP so they can become good players where they get developed!

  • tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-09-20 11:57

    And Cheeky goes: "I love it when a plan comes together."

  • Francois - 2012-09-20 12:05

    at this stage it is the best player they got, so why not make him captain! Just hope they sign more of his UCT buddies, then transformation can start. But as we know, his dad just played the race card to get SARU to award the spot. After they got it, he immediately started to buy white player. SARU should've put some regulations down.

  • adrian.strydom - 2012-09-20 12:17

    I hope he gets tackled so hard that he pukes on THAT jersey.

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 12:23

      Why?

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-20 12:21

    This was the idea behind Watson(Snr) fighting to get into Super Rugby. Next it will be the Springboks with his son being made captain. Thereafter it will be the "end" of our rugby in South Africa and we will be like Bafana Bafana.

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 12:26

      Why are you so negative? Are you suggesting that this is the Marikana of SA rugby?

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-20 12:44

      cape.maori... ..why dont you go find yourself an AA or BEE job... ?

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-20 12:44

      cape.maori... ..why dont you go find yourself an AA or BEE job... ?

      macziekpk - 2012-09-20 17:00

      He has, probably picking apples

  • jonathan.amid - 2012-09-20 12:25

    As expected, the hate continues. Judge the man on his rugby, and ONLY his rugby. When last did Luke say anything other than that the team is working hard and that the Kings are only focussed on their next game? The man has been humility and focus itself since returning from Bath. I bet he couldn't give a toss about strangers he has never met calling him and his father names on an Internet platform. Shame man, find something better to do with your time.

      lesbeen - 2012-09-21 06:36

      He would have been judged on that, if he didn't involve politics into his game... He made his bed, now he must lie in it! He branded himself with that label, not SA!

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-20 12:26

    Now as soon as these Southern Kings begin playing at any stadium,excepting those in the Eastern Cape,I hope so many rugby fans will BOYCOTT these games so that SARU can wake up>

      cape.maori - 2012-09-20 12:28

      Why?

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-20 12:38

      ...because they are losers, just like cape.maori....

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-20 15:43

      You're a narrow minded bigot

  • bradmcnam - 2012-09-20 12:31

    How is that even news? I would never have guessed

  • ann.donnelly.22 - 2012-09-20 12:31

    Sh*t, isn't THIS a surprise.... :(

      mvw74 - 2012-09-21 08:03

      deal with it!!

  • KennySven - 2012-09-20 12:37

    DADDY MADE ME CAPTAIN

  • allen.visser - 2012-09-20 12:40

    You go, PUKE Watson. Lets just hope that you dont vomit all over the Kings jersey. Just like the Springbok jersey makes you nauseous, you make us vomit. Hope you thanked daddy for making you captain.

  • percy.vanzyl.1 - 2012-09-20 12:48

    Can't wait to see Puke at Loftus again...

      mvw74 - 2012-09-21 08:02

      Be careful what you wish my boy the Bulls are going down!

  • lwando.dlova - 2012-09-20 12:54

    Who the hell do guys expect to captain the side! The guy has captained the stormers and wp before and is probably the most experienced player in the side! So shut up with the hate!!

  • lwando.dlova - 2012-09-20 12:54

    Who the hell do guys expect to captain the side! The guy has captained the stormers and wp before and is probably the most experienced player in the side! So shut up with the hate!!

  • ledzepkid.zn - 2012-09-20 12:59

    This guy will always be one of the tragic figures of South African sport for me. I was towards the end of my high school tenure when Luke broke out and was being hailed as the future of South African rugby (remember the SASI cover with the superman costume?). Needless to say, all the guys at school: black, white, indian, coloured, purple... everyone was excited and waiting to see what he would do.Fast forward to today, and to say opinion on him is divided would be a bit of an understatement. Its the same thing when I read books on apartheid... the Shaik brothers, Mac Maharaj, even Winnie Mandela... These guys were legends! Yet now... they all got caught with their hands in the pot. Luke needs to make sure he keeps his hands clean. A lot of his mistakes can be perhaps be attributed to the controlling hand of others, and maybe even the legacy of his family. He is still young and I hope he cuts himself a new legacy... he was an idiot to say what he did about the jersey and the Afrikaaner community, regardless of how Jake White treated him. His apology did seem sincere but he must try to do more. He has a chance to be a good role model for South Africans in terms of realising ones own shortcomings, and changing ones self. We need people like that! People who show that its okay to live and learn, and try to always improve ones self. I have a lot respect for your family and what they did in the past... but the that was then. This is now.

      lwando.dlova - 2012-09-20 13:08

      Great comment!!! Wish more people commented on this sight with an open mind!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 13:10

      Sage advice . . . . and your family can start by joining the people and taking a stance against e-tolls and the cadres with their hands in the till behind it . . . .

  • christo.bokhorst - 2012-09-20 13:17

    UH!! Why are we not surprised?

  • viva.lebok - 2012-09-20 13:18

    I would never have guessed that Luke would be nominated Captain fro the Kings team.

  • sebastian.debeer.1 - 2012-09-20 13:20

    He's not captaining the boks so why so much hate, all you people seem to the King's already so why can't he be the captain. He's captained province before and he's a really good player. Go Luke and go King's! Oh and good luck to all the Bulls haters in there promotion\\relegation match with the Kings haha

      mvw74 - 2012-09-21 07:59

      Well said boet!

  • viva.lebok - 2012-09-20 13:28

    @Cape Maori I played soccer in the township. My parents were on of the teams sponsors. But I still think Watson is a d00s cause his motive is self interest. he does not give an damn about any black man is SA. Smell the coffee

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-20 13:34

      Why - his father appears to be a great democrat - someone said above he opened liquor outlets in townships - simply put - he did help to create equal access to liquor to everyone . . . .

      tobie.vangreunen - 2012-09-20 15:19

      Kom kom Cape Maori waar is jou groot bek nou ?

  • franklin.vandermerwe - 2012-09-20 13:29

    Ja wat luke ht jule witmense al hoeveel keer op jul tone laat kyk as eimant di waarheid prt veal in rugby hou die witmense ni van die persoon nie kyk ma na Coach div Coach nick en Mnr Malema the star skipper Luke so se wat jule wil ons ken al SA SE WITMENSE Kyk hoe staan baie witmense agter Don wat beskuldig word van 3MOORDE

  • dean.alcock2 - 2012-09-20 14:56

    Noooooo REALLY?? It comes as such a surprise. You'd think his Daddy was the CEO of the union...oh hang on....

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-20 16:33

    Die Bulle (ondersteuners en Lions) wag op Loftus.........Luke sal nie op die veld draf nie. Dit weet hy, en is laas nie gekies vir die wp/stomers teen die Bulls nie want almal wag vir hom. Al die anti luke puke ondersteuners gaan op die veld sit.......geen wedstryd sal plaas vind nie.

      solliebc - 2012-09-20 17:25

      Moenie vergeet nie, julle gaan bottels ook gooi.

      lesbeen - 2012-09-21 06:24

      nee wat Solly, Luke is sy nie so belangrik nie... As iemand hom skel, is dit net om van werk stress onslae te raak. Hy lyk goed want hy speel in die amateur liga... Ons sal sien hoe wonderlik lyk hy as hy tussen die groot seuns speel!! Moenie te teleurgesteld wees as hy soos n skoolseuntjie lyk nie...

  • solliebc - 2012-09-20 17:27

    Congrats Luke and good luck Kings. Julle sal nie slegter as die Lions kan wees nie.

      lesbeen - 2012-09-21 06:18

      O ja hulle sal... Kyk maar net, hulle gaan n culture shock kry volgende jaar!!!

  • cobus.gouws - 2012-09-20 18:10

    Lay a bit off on Luke Watson. He is trying to build up rugby in the Eastern Cape for the greater good of the game. He could have stayed at Barth where he was playing very successful and probably got paid much more. Enough time has passed to forgive him for what has been said and the media sensation caused by it. The situation with super rugby is as it stands, so give the Kings a chance the Eastern Cape has continually produced great rugby players that get swept up by other provinces. The worst they can do is finish last which almost all of SA teams have done before.

  • sarel.korf - 2012-09-20 19:34

    OOOOOO that will make a lot of people sick!!!!!

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-09-20 21:31

      Oh yeah

  • pierre.walt - 2012-09-20 20:20

    Daddy's little cry babe. They will not won one single game. Ag shame...

  • dylan.d.petersen - 2012-09-20 23:05

    Love seeing so many negative comments... Deal with it, times have changed! Go watsons!!! Hahahahaha

      mvw74 - 2012-09-21 07:55

      Foresure Luke plays excellent rugby and people are going to be shocked next year!

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-09-21 02:05

    Braakseltjie Watson is n boks !

  • vinnie.chan1 - 2012-09-21 05:13

    I saw him play for Bath and this chap can play rugby. He should have stayed in Europe and gone back to RSA.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-23 12:29

      "He should have stayed in Europe and gone back to RSA" Jirre - vinnie probably got thre likes from cape.maori, joneetling and vallemj . . . . . . three gentlemen that consistently displays immense clarity of thought . . . . .

  • my10cent - 2012-09-21 07:45

    As predicted?

  • mvw74 - 2012-09-21 07:54

    Well done Luke you will change things around for the team! I support you all the way.

  • edwardsch - 2012-09-21 11:05

    I need some help please. I understood that the Kings came into the picture in order to be in a province that needs to get into top flight rugby. By doing this, it was so that the previously disadvantaged population would be given an opportunity to get into the sport at a higher level. Can someone please explain why Cheeky Watson is now asking the powers that be for dispensation to have more than the 2 allowed foreign players in the team. Surely the idea it to source your team from the local players in the province and thereby give the local players a shot. All that this is doing is clouding the picture and not making ANY difference to the current situation. So much for transformation in rugby - again!!!!!!