Luke Watson earns respect

2010-08-02 22:52

Johannesburg – Former Springbok loose forward Luke Watson has been named as the new captain of Bath rugby club.

The former captain of the Stormers and Western Province takes over the reins from another ex-Bok, scrumhalf Michael Claassens.

Watson has made a big impact on and off the field since joining the English Premiership club.

In fact, he scored a try in his very first game when he was used as a substitute.

Before accepting the captaincy, Watson sought assurances that it carried the approval of Bath’s senior players and also Claassens.

“Michael led the team through some tough times and established a really good foundation,” Watson told

“It’s a big honour and privilege, but at the same time a major responsibility to take over the captaincy. I spoke to Steve (Meehan, head coach) and Michael for a long time before we announced the decision because I wanted to make sure that everyone was happy. The interests of the team comes before that of individuals.”

Meehan confirmed this and said that Bath’s players appreciated their opinions being taken on board first.

“When you pick a captain, you have to consider a number of factors. As far as I’m concerned, Luke got a tick behind his name in every area.  When you are new at a club you have to train hard and play even harder to earn the respect of your team-mates. I believe Luke succeeded in that,” he said.

Watson will have the luxury of being surrounded by senior players such as Claassens, Danny Grewcock and David Flatman.


  • Mike B - 2010-08-02 23:55

    What has Wouter been smoking? It is useless players like Luke that are currently in the Bok set up that has caused the current situation we find ourselves in. Seeing them say "Luke Watson a former Springbok" makes me want to puke! Agree with Gemsbok and that is that he must stay where he is. As for running out for England one day. Even the Poms are not that stupid!

  • Mike@CapeT - 2010-08-02 23:57

    @Gemsbok. Get over yourself. It's only in South Africa where he is vilified. The rest of the world recognise his huge talent.

  • Shark in UK - 2010-08-03 00:07

    How can Luke Watson say that......... "THE INTERESTS OF THE TEAM COMES BEFORE THAT OF INDIVIDUALS!" then his second comment........."EARN THE RESPECT OF YOUR TEAM MATES!!!!" what a crock of sh#t. If he ever plays for the springboks again, i will give up on SA rugby. John Smits comments about him being a "CANCER" in the team, so so true!!!!!

  • Disa - 2010-08-03 00:14

    Go Luke. Show everyone what a great player you are on the field. Just as you did for Province.

  • @Wouter - 2010-08-03 00:55

    Word wakker ou - hierdie is geen groot talent nie. Hy is n poephol wat geen plek in SA rugby verdien nie. Jy weet duidelik nie veel nie - Luke kan geen ander land verteenwoordig nie, al wil hy nie eers op hulle truie kots nie. Hy is mos op Jake White geforseer deur daai ander idioot Hoskins en het n paar caps vir die Bokke. Dit diskwalifiseer jou vir ander lande verteenwoordig. Miskien moet jy jou tong in sy hol gaan druk daar in die UK. Jy klink vir my na sy tipe.

  • skeez - 2010-08-03 01:14

    You are a hero Luke a man born to lead good luck with the captaincy

  • Player23 - 2010-08-03 02:56

    Gemsbok I must agree with you he beter stay there, give it time and he get's droped and then again he want to puke on the jersy again. Good luck to England and thank you for taking him.

  • Impi - 2010-08-03 03:36

    He is a great leader. Well done Luke! With Jurie Roux speaking of "real transformation", it is a pity Luke left.

  • Joe - 2010-08-03 03:46

    Good riddance to bad rubbish! Don't ever come back, trash!

  • @wouter - 2010-08-03 06:16

    lyk my jy weet so min van rugby af soos wat jy van meriete weet! Luke mag agv sy Sprinboktoetse nooit vir 'n ander land uitdraf nie, al sou hy hul president word! Wat eintlik 'n jammerte is, ek dink Bakkies sou sy retirement uistel vir so 'n toets.

  • Smee - 2010-08-03 06:18

    Good riddance. Stay there. They'll soon enough see your true colours.

  • JD - 2010-08-03 06:40

    Fantastic news hopefully this will mean that he will stay there, no place for him back here.

  • Theo - 2010-08-03 06:49

    Which just goes to prove that it doesn't take much to have an impact in English rugby. I hope that he goes on the win the jersey he was born and destined to wear, the white with the red rose of England on his chest. Bye bye and don't come back.

  • blou oog - 2010-08-03 06:54

    Daar gaan Bath rugby!! Wouter lop spring in die dam. Daai lukie is die rede hoekom WP so gesukkel het.

  • GREG - 2010-08-03 06:58

    I agree with wouter. Well done luke. No one can accuse cheeky of pulling strings for him in bath. A very outstanding player/leader who will succeed in bath to show that those bok selections were warranted.

  • TC - 2010-08-03 06:58

    Good for him. I hope he now stays there for ever!

  • Dewald - 2010-08-03 06:58

    @Wouter. Luke het reeds vir SA gespeel, hy kan nie meer vir Eng gekies word nie. Now I just hope that Michael comes back to SA and FS. We need good players like him.

  • Dutchman - 2010-08-03 07:01

    God bless him and keep him far-far away from our shores.

  • zico - 2010-08-03 07:06

    At least one SA player doing this country proud. Ons mis jou Luke!

  • Tommo - 2010-08-03 07:12

    Luke Watson is a vomiting chop.

  • Damian - 2010-08-03 07:12

    Good for Luke. He is without doubt an excellant rugby player. Its a shame a place could not be found for him back in SA.

  • Gert - 2010-08-03 07:29

    Ag, ek kots sommer op julle almal wat so anti-Luke is. Mooi so Luke, jy verdien dit want jy speel fantasties rugby. Hoop jy kom weer eendag terug dan kan jy die klomp hierbo wys dat jy baas is.

  • "Waarheid" - 2010-08-03 07:43

    Ek het die storie agter die "puke" storie gehoor en het met dit, net respek vir Luke Watson gekry (dat hy nie daaroor wil uitpraat nie) en en ek hoop dit kom eendag uit. John Smit is die een wat eintlik so gou moontlik sy goed moet vat en gaan - sy rugby is eerstens nie op standaard nie en as die storie uitkom gaan hy deur baie gekruisig word - Ek het geen respek meer vir hom nie.

  • Piet Parow - 2010-08-03 07:45

    Luke, don't forget to drink your Valoid's regularly. I am glad you are playing good rugby over there - just stay there and dont come back to CPT.

  • Ethanamok - 2010-08-03 07:48

    Glad to see he is getting the credit he deserves. Everything he said was taken out of context by a few idiots who believe De La Rey was a hero. Would rather have him in the side than brainless low IQ idiots. We are supposed to be finding the right pairings not the "missing links" which the assistant coaches dont understand. We cant blame him for the circus now can we? When the best hooker in the country Gary Botha sits in WAIT to take over his rightful place, John Smit thought he meant wieght and had another cheese burger to try keep up. So glad Hougaard is getting more chance to show his vision for BB - Beats watching a Pienaar who is living in his dads legacy "ruan"ing every test match.

  • Mob - 2010-08-03 07:50

    Luke you puking piece of trash! Did daddy also arrange this possition for you. 'n Jakals verander sy streke nie sy strepe nie. They (the English) will see through you and recognize the cancer and the rot will soon set in at Bath! At least in 2010 WP stands a chance. The cancer has left and they are heeling pritty nice!! Please do us all a favour and find a girl there that will keep you there because once the Bath administrators realize their mistake rugby certainly won't keep you there and daddy's connectios in SA are retiring one by one, so there is nothing here (in SA) for you!!!

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  • Good - 2010-08-03 08:01

    Good riddance..!! ....Typical stormbarian poooofter...!! ....talks as much sh*t as PDV...

  • Wondering - 2010-08-03 08:01

    If Tiaan Strauss could play for the aussies why cant Luke play for England?? Just a question...

  • Losers - 2010-08-03 08:06

    To those who keep on talking about quotas are you so blind & small-minded to not see that the current Bok woes have nothing to do with quotas!! It was white players who were effing up & missing shitloads of tackles! Spies, Smit, Steyn, Olivier, Matfield, JdV all played shit yet you want to blame quotas. Damn its pathetic. Dont you get it? The mistakes YOU made in the past will be passed down onto the white children. Im white & young yet even i know that we have to go through this process. Because of your small-mindedness, as well as SHEEP mentality we sit with these problems. & dont pull the equality debate, you had your chance in the 70's & 80's yet you did nothing. And some of you even call yourselves religious. What a joke! Blinded hypocritical fools!

  • Alchemist - 2010-08-03 08:11

    Good luck Luke - but watch the tongue lest they also pull the plug on you in Bath !

  • Mohzi - 2010-08-03 08:13

    Congrats Luke, funny how all the Dutchies gooi hate speech at Luke. Lets face it, the guy is a great rugby player and leader.Now measure him against that mop kop of no good Burger and see who plays with heart and passion.Im a Bull supporter but I think Bakkies best days are behind him,and for a child of God hes not a very good ad for salvation message.I guess all you Luke haters know what we lost and now you cant help but to share your views even if its via hate speech. Grow up guys.SA Rugby miss 2 players Fourie Du Preez and that other Free State Dutchie of a bloody full hearted loose forward.It wont suprise me if Luke makes next years RWC team.

  • aLive - 2010-08-03 08:21

    The best thing about Pukey is the distance he has from South Africa. Well done Pukey, but PLEASE just stay there.

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  • wouter - 2010-08-03 08:22

    Ek verstaan nie hoekom sommige van jul my aanvat, die titel van bogenoemde nuus stuk, loof Luke, as ek nou hom geluk wens is dit dan nou verkeerd? Ek weet meer as jul wat my aanvat van rugby, ek het self vir Boland gespeel, en as jy 7 jaar lid van ander land se klub is, mag jy vir hul land uitdraf! Dit geld vir alle sportsoorte. Erken dit, sy speech het hom 'n stront gemaak, maar hy bly goed op veld. 'n Kaptein is die ou wat moet voor vat, en die hardste werk, op die veld, oefening ens. Ou wat kan praat met media, ens. Nie soos J. Smit, wat dink hy vat voor nie, hy is maar net daar, om daar te wees. Soos ek en jy 'n beroep het, dis wat hul doen, hul speel vir 'n lewe.

  • @"Waarheid" - 2010-08-03 08:23

    Ag ou Cheeky, ons weet dis jy.

  • SPRINGBOK FAN - 2010-08-03 08:25

    @Ethanamok or should it be ethane-amok? If de la Raey was not a hero then Shaka and Mandela was also not. Go talk sh!t in the shebeen jou d00$ -------------- "General Jacobus Herculaas de la Rey (22 October 1847 - 15 September 1914), known as Koos de la Rey was a Boer general during the Second Boer War and is widely regarded as being one of the strongest military leaders during that conflict. He is generally regarded as the bravest of the Boer generals during the Second Boer War and as one of the leading figures of Boer independence. As a guerrilla, his tactics proved extremely successful." So fighting for your country counts for nothing? Go read up and don't just blabber the masses nonsense. As for Puke he is a traitor of the highest order. Revoke his Springbok colours.

  • @anti luke supporters - 2010-08-03 08:39

    we all know you guys are NAAR cos he was the first proper fetcher till brussouw came along... You whites hate him cos his father pissed off you DADS in the apartheid era... WELL DONE LUKE, THE BOKKE NEEDS YOU PEOPLE LIKE YOU INSTEAD LAZY BLUE BULL PLAYERS...

  • Yacoob - 2010-08-03 08:45

    JJ Harmse and his ban of pale face supporters would be cringing reading this article ... LUKE WATSON has earned respect long before BATH has noticed his qualities one of South African rugby greats funny how matfield and smith played overseas without gaining the captaincy

  • Nate - 2010-08-03 08:49

    Well done Luke great speler great captain en hy gaan nog diep spore trap in Bath rugby!!! Dit was baie jammer oor sy aanmerkings wat hy gemaak het maar hy bly nogsteeds n great rugby speler en geen ou op dioe forum kan daar teen stry nie!!!!

  • SharksFan - 2010-08-03 08:53

    I may be incorrect but surely he is ineligble to play for england. He did after all get a bok cap.

  • Weepee - 2010-08-03 08:57

    Luke matured as a person & captain in his last season in SA under Rassie and Allister. It's unfortunate that he had to live & play under his fathers shadow but one thing can be said about Luke. He has NEVER compromised in what he believes in despite all that has been said about him. That is what leaders are made of! Congratulations on your appointment Luke.

  • Rocco - 2010-08-03 09:12

    @ Wondering They changed the rules after Tiaan played for the Aussies!!! Doesn't matter how long you play for another club in a different country...... Once you play for one country on the highest level, that is it!!!

  • @"waarheid" - 2010-08-03 09:17

    I also heard about the story behind the whole "puke" saga and would have liked to tell it like it is, but I also understand Luke's reason for not telling and respect the man just so much more for it. I suspect John Smit is playing such bad rugby because of this (to much on his mind) and currently around his waist as well. I'm sorry but I lost my respect for JS

  • PDV Supporter - 2010-08-03 10:03

    Well done mate, it seems PDV may still have a chance to pick you as the captain of the team he envisaged long before your true potential and value was recognised. To JJ& to comment?

  • Kevin - 2010-08-03 10:04

    I always believed Luke to be a true leader. He fully deserves it. I really believe he should lead the Boks next year in the WC. JS, BB an VM should retire, they've been riding on JW's loyalty for too long and DIV must open his eyes. Bring Luke back.

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  • Zinzan Brook - 2010-08-03 10:21

    You just have to respect Luke. Strong willed and never changing his principles because of some short sighted idiots who profess to be Chritians.. Can see he is from a great stock. Cheeky must be a proud father. You have certainly not heard the last of this future Springbok captain. You can quote me in 2 years time. Keep this in mind.

  • eksteen - 2010-08-03 10:30

    Wel Luke jou talent was altyd daar, jou pa se manipulasie ook. Die afstand bring duidelik insig en uiteindelik is jy jou "eie man" en jou eie stem, weliswaar meer verstandig en deurdag as die van jou pa, word nou gehoor. Sien jou weer!

  • Anti - 2010-08-03 10:35

    Bath were deep in the relegation zone when Luke Watson arrived at Bath. When he started playing, Bath started winning - it's as simple as that. Bath went on to play in the semi-finals of the Guiness Premiership. This guy is a world class rugby player at openside or 8th man. He slows the ball, forces penalties, steals turnovers - whatever the situation demands. He has a real rugby brain and a feel for being in the right place at the right time. JJ Harmse was piping on about how Watson would have to play under Michael Claasens and he wouldn't like it - What nonsense! Funny how they are close as brothers and they appear in all the Bath marketing photos together. Luke Watson is a team man, a great leader and a hard working rugby player.