Luke apologises - 'I was wrong'

2010-10-06 22:30

Philip de Bruin

Cape Town – Luke Watson is sorry for the mistakes he made and wants to return to South Africa.

Watson, who unleashed a torrent of fury by saying that he had to keep himself from vomiting on the Springbok jersey, talks about his errors in judgment in the latest edition of SA Rugby magazine.

“I now understand why so many people in South Africa didn’t like me. I was a political pawn, even if I had good intentions,” he said.

The former Springbok loose forward is currently the captain of English club side Bath.

“If I could get the chance again, I would do a lot of things differently. I regret going to the camp (of former Springbok coach Jake White in 2007) knowing that the coach did not want me there,” said Watson.

“I did things that were not always my own choice. In reality I was a political pawn. I had good intentions and wanted to promote a certain cause.

“But I also knew that I did not want to be there – just as little as Jake and the other players wanted me there. Looking back I was wrong.

“Was I the positive influence I was supposed to be? No. Was I constructive enough in my approach? No.

“I should not have been there.”

Watson said he had unfinished business in South Africa and would like to return to make a “constructive contribution” and be a “good role model” for young rugby players.


  • IZ IT - 2010-10-06 22:53


  • Pierre - 2010-10-06 22:55

    It takes a big man to admit he made mistakes. GO BULLLLSSSS!

  • Sinudeity - 2010-10-06 22:56

    Keep politcs out of sports!

  • Chris in Oz - 2010-10-06 22:57

    Just in time, Puke. The Springbok is only going to be on the sleave next year. But you're going to pull a muscle trying to puke on the sleave.

  • Peter - 2010-10-06 22:58

    So a quick apology before a possible return to SA somehow changes everything? How convenient! Just don't come back to WP. Been doing great without you. Go disrupt another union.

  • alex - 2010-10-06 23:03

    Its strange what that crap UK weather and the need for a real braaivleis (with pap and sauce) will make a man do.

  • Ruan - 2010-10-06 23:13

    you only live twice! :)

  • rugbyguy - 2010-10-06 23:28

    Really impressive ! Shows real character to apoligise when you make a mistake ! As a Christian I am left with no option but to forgive him ! It just goes to show he is a man of conviction, he speaks his mind fearlessly about what he believes, but when he realises he's wrong he's brave enough to speak up with equal conviction

      Roadant - 2010-12-06 16:15

      A man who speaks his mind fearlessly without thinking of the outcome is an idiot. So glad the current loose forwards will outplay him any day, GO SHARKS !!!!!!!!!

  • GT - 2010-10-06 23:34

    someone wants to game time on the EOYT.

  • hb6sport - 2010-10-06 23:41

    jyt nog nooi n games gekos vir die bokke nie , ons het almal Bakkies se een gevat so ons kan jou apology vat

  • Sprokie - 2010-10-06 23:43

    What about his "dutchman" comments?? is he going to apologize for that?

  • Baksteen Du Preez - 2010-10-06 23:44

    Luke moet vir die Bokke speel - hy speel awesome rugby!!!!

  • Spin Doctor - 2010-10-06 23:47

    Sprokie and other Luke bashers... it's over let it go. Forgive and forget. Have a little class, even if he had none with his statments. He realises he was wrong. Have you never put your foot in your mouth (so to speak)? Move on, or is your brain to small to forgive? What Andre Nel did and what Hansie did, and what Bakkies did (costing the Boks the Tri-Nations) - all a little worse than a simple brain-fart that young Luke made.

  • denis - 2010-10-06 23:53

    Luke was first selected for the Boks when he did not deserve to be there, and then the following year not selected when he was probably the form player in his position. I think he deserves another chance - lets face it, the old guard of loosies have not exactly been dominant recently. The past is over, lets move on.

  • RCH - 2010-10-07 00:03

    What did he apologise for?? He was a vague as vague can be. Was he sorry for wanting to puke on the Springbok jersey??? We did not want him then, what make him think we want him now??? We have enough no 8's here to choose from, and if we are so desperate then why don't we go get Sowerby from Toulouse. As for those saying how great he is playing, did you watch him play against Gloucester. He was so awful he got subbed at half time. Luke "The Puke" Watson, stay the hell away. Be the cancer at Bath!!!!

  • Well done! - 2010-10-07 00:04

    @IZ IT have you been following bath? Have you not seen what this man has done on the field for bath? His actions has already proved it! I am an Afrikaans male, so I was one of the Dutchmen he referred to, and I was really upset about the things he said. But I have to admit, it takes a big man to stand up, in front of a whole country, and admit that he was wrong! Come on back Luke!

  • Soothsayer - 2010-10-07 00:21

    Grow a backbone,you admitted you were used as a pawn ,so what, you let yourself be in that position, yet you went to the training camp and still have the audacity to say what you did.Now the little boy wants to come home and play with the big boys who do not vomit when they don't get their own way.Get a bucket and a spade and go make sandcastles on the beach.

  • Koos - 2010-10-07 00:22

    Finally, I just hope he means what he said, and that he give his apology in person, to the public and everyone he offended: all the Rugby supporters of SA, All the Springbok supporters in the world, and all the Dutchmen in SA. Then this puking issue can be put to rest. I am NOT a Puke Watson fan at all but am glad he decided to apologize. But then again, for all that we know, his agent probably wrote the whole article and paid SA rugby to publish it. So he has still a lot to show if he wants the Dutchman to forgive him.

  • Chop - 2010-10-07 00:29

    What about the Afrikaners issue?

  • Black - 2010-10-07 00:37

    If PDV can get away with all his radical comments and not be fired from the Bok camp, then good old Luke certainly deserves an oppourtunity to make it back into the squad. However as we saw this year success in the Super 14 does not necessarily translate into success at International level. I still fear Luke is too light for a Test rugby scrum

  • DJ - 2010-10-07 00:46

    Luke - well done and congratulations for having the GUTS to ADMIT your mistakes - it takes a MAN to do that. All these guys with their negative comments are probably those who haven't got the b-lls for it! You are a great player and certainly deserve a place in the team based on MERIT!!

  • Retha - 2010-10-07 01:04

    Gee die man 'n kans. Ons het almal iets waarvoor ons moet jammer se. Ons behoort almal grootmoedig te wees en dit te doen. Groetnis en God Bless South Africa and her people

  • Naas - 2010-10-07 01:24

    Ag pleez mense, vergeef die ou! Niemand is perfek nie en hy kan beslis nie slegter doen as ons kreupel bokke in die drienasies nie. Sal ek ooit vergeet hoe amper ek gepuke het toe Brian daai ou misduik nie en so 'n drietjie afstaan nie. Om nie eers van Bakkies en liewe Jakkie te praat nie. Maar ons lief hulle steeds! (Haai, Vroulieffie, bring my nogge black label, asb man). Kom terug Loekie, ons sal pull vir jou. Kom help die manne virrie world cup. Lets forgive and get on with it!

  • john - 2010-10-07 01:24

    Here's to you Luke this one is on me !!!You are forgiven man . Not enough of that attitude around these days . Let the healing process begin ...... for all of SA .

  • gunigugu - 2010-10-07 01:37

    Don't want him back, Stay away Puke, Continue to bark in Bath

  • Why oh why - 2010-10-07 03:09

    Funny what the lure of money will do - a person will even consider being among a bunch of 'dumb' Dutchmen. He should really live out his 'convictions' and allow a previously disadvantaged player to fill his spot down here instead of aggravating the quota situation OR does this only apply when it does not affect me, myself and I?

  • TBS - 2010-10-07 03:18

    Good on him. Ill always admire a man who is willing to admit his own mistakes

  • Blou Bal - 2010-10-07 03:30

    Hey, give the guy a chance. He is a good player. I'd rather pick him than one or two of the present Springbok setup. If Earl Rose can get a lifeline, why not Luke? Come home Luke.

  • orca - 2010-10-07 03:39

    It's RWC time next year so now he wants to come and have another crack. He's an opportunist who needs to go to hell. SA does not need him.

  • cooldog - 2010-10-07 03:54

    It's time for him to retire and join JuJu in politics. Only politicians make those sorts of apologies. JZ has a whole book of "I should have done" apologies ready for instant use.

  • AJ - 2010-10-07 05:04

    An apology was definately due from him. If he has genuinely made one then so be it. I do think he still owes the Afrikaans community a further apology for his 'dutchmen' remarks. However once done, then all fine and well. He can be accepted again and given a chance to perform at the highest level if his form continues.

  • Sharkie - 2010-10-07 05:04

    Luke the p****!!!!! Stay where you are, we dont need or want you back in SA. You are a disgrace to the bok jersey. In short just *&^%$ off!!!!!!!

  • Nesa - 2010-10-07 05:06

    We 4give u Lukie, jst cum bck,we miss u so very mch,hv been watching most of ur club's games overseas,uv been playing excellent rugby & deserve anoda chance.

  • Ed - 2010-10-07 05:21

    Cry me a River. Unfinished business?????? Or another political pawn move to s***** the game further. Stay where you are .

  • Slimey - 2010-10-07 05:43

    I smell a RWC coming up.... and me thinks the Boytjie wants a little ''consideration'' for a position? Suppose if PdV can select Earl Rose and Ricky January to the Bok team, he can include an idiot like this too! Sad day for Bok rugby should he return! Boks wont pass the 2nd round anyway!

  • Alli - 2010-10-07 05:47

    The day he runs out for the Boks again is the day I stop watching the Boks play rugby. In all fairness, the day i heard he was selected for the Boks I also wanted to puke.

  • Well Done Luke - 2010-10-07 06:10

    Have to say I was not a fan BUT the man has the dignity to apologise - hats off to him. If he would also apologise about the his 'dutchman' comments even better. Luke you have earned a little more of my respect for whatever that's worth! Mooi gedaan

  • peter - 2010-10-07 06:16

    Old (P)luke Watson has made a mistake so let him stay the f*@k where he is we do not need him to become another political pawn and disrupt our poor performing rugby team. Now on the other hand I think it would be a great idea if he could get Pieter de Villiers to join him that side

  • mountaingoat - 2010-10-07 06:21

    @Spin Doctor I agree....@denis there are many players who were selected that should never have worn the Bok jersey....this guy has matured s**** the past! I'd play him any day as our no8...spies is a waste of space

  • Dana van Vuuren - 2010-10-07 06:23

    Bly waar jy is dankie, ons wil jou nie he nie. Jy het die hele land beledig deur jou aanmerking. Political pawn se ... dit was jou keuse.

  • Steven Smith - 2010-10-07 06:29

    Why this about turn now?? He knows that he has to make big changes in himself before any side in SA will give him a contract. His daddy want to give him a job but he is advices to politicaly pave his way with buls*** sweattalking the SA public. He has not changed but is merely paving the way for a rugby job again in SA. England is not what he thought it would be. He already p****d in the fountain and now he has to purify the water cause he wanna drink out of again. STAY WHERE YOU ARE P***. UR A ARROGANT B****** LOOKING FOR A CAUSE!

  • ANTI-RACISM - 2010-10-07 06:31

    in the township language we say you are buying a face, Luke you don't need to apologize to anyone, you have been treated badly for a long time by racist and now you feel the need to apologize to them, i think you have got it wrong here....

  • RALF - 2010-10-07 06:31

    Luke must stay where he is. He disrupts a dressing room by forming cliques. We have great loose forwards in the country who have been loyal SA rugby players. We do not need him. This is his way of worming his way back into the SA Squad for next year.

  • Steve - 2010-10-07 06:33

    Let him stay where he is. We don't need him here. He useless anyway

  • @ Chris in OZ Chris du Preez? Hammersmith surf trip Perth - 2010-10-07 06:36

    Mooi man ou Lukey, nou kan jy weer vir die WP speel en hulle kinders van kleins af mooi goetjies leer. Begin sommer met mooi afrikaans los sommer die rugby lesse vir Diffy.

  • Daya Pillay - 2010-10-07 06:37

    Well done Luke. It is the sign of immense growth. I pray that The similar growth takes place amongst all South Africans , especially all our leaders. Theres nothing like humbling yourself and swallowing your pride. Welcome , you are forgiven unconditionally.This is a lesson for me to.

  • Wyk - 2010-10-07 06:46

    Go p*** your apologies to Mugabe and Malema, they enjoy playing politics. We don't want you back, you were never a good player to start with, now that the boks are having a poor run, we don't need to spoil it further with idiots like you.

  • Kobus - 2010-10-07 06:51

    Does this mean he admits to have been his daddy's political pawn? Well, from what he said, I gather he still hates us Dutchmen, so f@#k him. If he returns, I hope he will return to WeePee. That's the only place he will feel comfortable. I regard him as a very good player, just a shame he is who he is. If you read his comments carefully, it is still all about himself. Only a WeePee supporter could love him.

  • Joker - 2010-10-07 06:54

    ..What a Joke...bly ASB net waar jy is....SA rugby het jou nog lank nie nodig nie....n Luiperd vanander nie van kolle nie...en n doos soos jy ook nie jou maniere nie.... Wat gaan volgende wees....jou geen aanwins vir die spel nie...

  • DJ - 2010-10-07 06:55

    lets rest our top players for the end of year tour - so, who can we pick, hummmm, hey Luke, apologise and come along for the ride