Luke Watson

South African Rugby Union Player
Born Oct 26, 1983

Luke Asher Watson is a South African rugby union footballer who can play at flank or eighthman. He 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 Super 14 Stormers. He currently plays for the Eastern Province Kings.… Read More

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  • Youth Football: Sports Hailed Champs Again
    Dispatch - May 10, 2012
  • Luke’s Catch Wins First Junior Match
    Todmorden News - May 02, 2012
  • Under 15s Finish With Only Draw Of Season
    News Post Leader - May 01, 2012
  • Tv Insider Rte.Ie
    Google News - Sep 12, 2011


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Luke Watson.


1983 Birth Born on October 26, 1983.
1986 2 Years Old His father had joined the African National Congress in 1978 and had helped to hide cadres from the secret police, who burnt down his home in 1986 as well as his business. … Read More


2000 16 Years Old 1 More Event
With his cousin, Daniel, Luke Watson represented the Eastern Province XV at the 2000 Craven Week. … Read More
He was invited to a training camp in March 2001 but was not selected for the national under-19 team that participated in the Junior World Championship in Santiago, Chile.
In 2002 Watson was chosen to captain South Africa's under-19 team at the IRB Junior World Championship in Italy. … Read More
Despite speculation that he would be selected for the Springbok squad in 2003, national coach Rudolf Straeuli overlooked Watson for tests against Scotland and Australia. … Read More


Watson was selected in 2004 to represent South Africa in the IRB's Under 21 Rugby World Championship in a team that included Andries Bekker, Bryan Habana and Wynand Olivier. … Read More
2005 21 Years Old Some believe that White's preference for Burger motivated Watson's 2005 move to Cape Town, where he could prove himself against Burger in the Western Province team.
Watson showed such good form in the 2006 Super 14 competition that he received that year's Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Tournament award.
Watson has been controversial due to his relationship with then-national coach Jake White, political interference in his selection for the 2007 Springbok team, interaction with the squad afterwards, and his comments in a speech. … Read More
In September 2008 Watson was also replaced by De Villiers as captain of the Western Province side under coach Allister Coetzee. … Read More
Watson had a better season in the 2009 Super 14, and speculation arose again that he might be selected to face the British and Irish Lions.
At the start of the 2010–11 season Watson earned the captaincy of his premiership club, replacing fellow South African Michael Claassens who had declined to occupy the position for a second season.


2014 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He finally returned to action in August 2014 after more than a year out. … Read More
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