Luke Watson

South African rugby union player Luke Watson

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.
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YOUTH FOOTBALL: Sports hailed champs again
Dispatch - almost 6 years
AFTER a long wait to catch up with a backlog of matches, HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-12S BLACK were finally crowned champions of the Young Elizabethan League’s (YEL) Sunday First Division for the second season running. With a win required against Pelican Colts, proud Sports were in no mood to slip up — and cantered to a 6-0 victory thanks to good goals from Jake Hollis (2), Josh Pearson (2), Aaron Roberts and Jack Marsden. Now they are chasing the double because they play fourth-placed divisional rivals Netherfield Boys in the final of the league cup. The match takes place at Arnold Town’s Eagle Valley Stadium a week on Sunday May 13. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS (AGAIN!) — our photo shows Hucknall Sports Under-12s Black (from left), Back Row: Justin Stenson (assistant manager), Aaron Roberts, Jake Hollis, Luke Watson, Matthew Bloor, Sam Jackson, Oliver Bradbury, Paul Bradbury (manager). Front Row: Connor Kennedy, Josh Pearson, Morgan Jubb, Daniel Stenson, Jack Marsden, Jack Clark.
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Luke’s catch wins first junior match
Todmorden News - almost 6 years
LUKE Watson caught two good bream plus two carp and some roach (10lb 10oz) to win Todmorden Angling Society’s first under-16 junior match of the season on Ramsden Wood. Second was Joe Bleakley (9lb 1oz) new double peg, two ide plus cublets and bream.
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Under-15s finish with only draw of season
News Post Leader - almost 6 years
BLYTH Spartans Under-15s played their final game of the season in the knowledge of already securing a league and cup double. Against Newcastle Pinpoint it was always going to be a tough game as Blyth had nothing but pride to play for while their opponents were strong candidates for promotion themselves only a few weeks ago. There were few chances for either side to win the game and at the final whistle Blyth completed their only scoreless game and draw of the season. This team can now go on re-charge the batteries in the knowledge that it will be a lot tougher next season, but nothing will ever replicate the experiences they have had. The squad was: Reece Dobie, Jordan Yeoman, Jack Harding, Liam Wall, Samuel Johnson, James Golding, Jake Whisson, Alex Robinson, Ayrton Browning, Matthew Fretwell, James Gillie, Luke Watson, Joe Brooks, Kyle Mills and Alex You’ll.
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TV Insider - RTE.ie
Google News - over 6 years
The one curiosity element was the sight of Jesse Metcalfe as Luke Watson, a member of the US Marshal team at the centre of the show. He, of course, previously played gardener John Rowland in Desperate Housewives, the college kid who embarked on an
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Gaddafi forces fired on teenage sailors - The Star
Google News - over 6 years
Naval recruits William Mallinder and Luke Watson, both aged 19, have competed 100 days on patrol with the Royal Navy near North Africa during the recent conflict in the region. Both are aboard HMS Liverpool, a Type 42 destroyer
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Tweet and Pic of the Day - SPORT24
Google News - over 6 years
"(Sic)Opening of #RWC2011!!time has come & excitement grows here in NZ-sure its booming in SA too!enjoy this journey with us evryone-God Bless" Former Springbok flank and current Eastern Province Kings captain Luke Watson (@lukewatson6) joked about the
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EP Kings change 6 for Griffons in Currie Cup - Worldcupweb.com
Google News - over 6 years
Other noticeable absentees are speedster Norman Nelson, Captain Luke Watson and experienced campaigner Falie Oelschig. All three are expected for selection for next week's clash against the Valke. Coach, Alan Solomons alluded to the fact that Welkom
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Bath eye return to the top - ESPN.co.uk
Google News - over 6 years
Bath have also lost a wealth of talent in the form of fly-half Butch James, back-row Luke Watson and centre Shontayne Hape while Danny Grewcock has opted for retirement. But they have recruited impressively for the new campaign with England lock Dave
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Party was no picnic : Alumni surprise Christensen with race, reunion - Stillwater Gazette
Google News - over 6 years
Some hall of fames don't feature as many All-Americans as were on hand for the alumni race, including four (Luke Watson, Sean Graham, Jake Watson and Ben Blankenship) who have run sub four-minute miles. Attending was a no-brainer according to Luke
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Forestry deal brings end of an era - ABC Online
Google News - over 6 years
LUKE WATSON, FORMER LOGGER: I know none of my kids'll ever have the chance to do the same thing their uncles or father or anyone had a chance to do or be involved in. It's an industry that's been around for hundreds of years, it's coming to a close
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McGeechan: Bath not the finished article - ESPN.co.uk
Google News - over 6 years
Bath have had a huge turnover of players over the summer with the likes of Butch James, Luke Watson and Shontayne Hape leaving the Recreation Ground while Bath favourites Danny Grewcock and David Barnes opted to hang up their boots
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Juniors get first taste of regatta action - Hunts Post
Google News - over 6 years
Luke Watson and Stefan Gawin both put in excellent performances in the J14 1x, with Gawin adding another victory to his record. They then paired up to race an age category up in the J15 2x, surprising the bigger and older competition by pushing them
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Easterside Youth Club closes due to lack of funding - Gazette Live
Google News - over 6 years
Luke Watson, 11, who goes to Trinity College, said: “I love the youth club. It keeps me off the street and I do really enjoy it. We can play pool, and games and a lot of my friends come here too. I am really disappointed.” Nicholas Neal, 13, said: “We
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Fine Taylor-Smith leads EP to victory - SuperSport.com
Google News - over 6 years
Fullback Sarel Marais's kick ricocheted off a Valke player and was grabbed by Kings flank Luke Watson, who had been played onside. His back-flip in the tackle came off another Valke player and was picked up by Marais, who then raced clear of the
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Cricket: Usk, Panteg and Abergavenny all stutter on a day of shocks - WalesOnline
Google News - over 6 years
Tarun Manohar scored 26 when Rogerstone replied and Marc Lezar got 23 but Jake Kings took 3-11 off six overs and then Luke Watson got 2-33 off six to help get them all out for 114. With four games to go, Croesyceiliog look doomed after losing at home
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Trophies galore for young football stars - Hucknall Today
Google News - over 6 years
... most improvd Thomas Poole; UNDER-10S RED: manager's player Zak Richardson, players' player Nathan Seaman, most improved James Abbott; UNDER-11S RED SATURDAY: manager's player Josh Pearson, players' player Luke Watson, most improved Jake Hollis;
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Defending champion Kogo back at Half - Parkersburg News
Google News - over 6 years
Looking to return the championship to America for the first time since Colorado's Dan Browne beat the field to the finish line in 2001 will be an elite American contingent led by 31-year old Pennsylvanian Luke Watson, who has run a personal best of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Luke Watson
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 30
    However, the injury curse struck again and Watson missed the remainder of the 2014 through a serious concussion.
    He finally returned to action in August 2014 after more than a year out.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 29
    Watson was named captain of the Super Rugby squad for their inaugural season in the competition in 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 28
    He returned to action in the 2012 Currie Cup First Division in July 2012.
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    He sustained a shoulder injury in the build-up to the 2012 season which ruled him out of the entire 2012 Vodacom Cup competition.
  • 2011
    Age 27
    In domestic action, he started in nine of the ' matches during the 2011 Currie Cup First Division season, scoring seven tries – the joint-highest by a forward in the competition – including two tries in their match against the as the Kings finished second on the log and losing 43–12 to table-toppers in the final.
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    On the playing field, his first appearances for the side came during the 2011 IRB Nations Cup, as the team – playing as the South African Kings – won all three matches to win the competition.
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    Watson's move coincided with his signing in May 2011 as the first client of Shane Keohane's new sports management agency, which is part of Highbury Safika Media.
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  • 2010
    Age 26
    The Kings won the 2010 Currie Cup First Division just before Watson signed and were the base union of the Southern Kings, a Super Rugby franchise that would represent South Africa as the South African Kings in the IRB Nations Cup in Romania in June 2011 and play Super Rugby in 2013.
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    Watson announced in December 2010 that he would leave Bath Rugby to join the Eastern Province Kings, the South African provincial side based in Watson's former home town, Port Elizabeth and the team where he started his career in 2002 when they were known as the.
    By December 2010 Watson had played 29 games in all and scored three tries for Bath.
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    He suffered a neck injury that required him to spend the night in hospital, while a "ridiculously niggly foot injury" sustained against Harlequins in October 2010 sidelined Watson for two months.
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    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.
  • 2009
    Age 25
    In contrast to Jones' predictions, Watson became one of the outstanding players of the 2009–10 Guinness Premiership, winning During December 2009 he won the Man of the Match award for his performance against Edinburgh.
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    Coming off the bench on his debut for Bath in November 2009, Watson scored a decisive try against the Ospreys.
    Watson left South Africa to join Bath Rugby in November 2009, when the club was lying 11th of the 12 teams in the Guinness Premiership table after losing key players to drug controversy during the June 2009 off-season.
    Watson shone in the 2009 Currie Cup in the absence of the Springboks, and won the "Currie Cup Player of the Year" award.
    When a Springbok squad was named in May 2009 to face a Namibian team in a warm-up for the Lions tour, Watson was omitted.
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    Former Springbok captain Corné Krige said in April 2009 that Watson was playing “unbelievable rugby” and that he would pick him on form as " 'among the best fetchers in the Super 14' ", but not at eighthman.
    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.
  • 2008
    Age 24
    On 24 October 2008, the day before the announcement of the Bok squad to tour Europe, Watson declared himself unavailable for selection.
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    Springbok vice-captain Victor Matfield said that during his stand-in captaincy in 2008 "I did my best to involve Luke in all the activities".
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    John Smit, Watson's Springbok captain, said in his autobiography (The Captain in the Cauldron) that Watson was referred to as the " ' "cancer" of the team' " and was the primary reason for the Springboks' poor performances in the 2008 TriNations tournament.
    Following the appointment in January 2008 of Peter de Villiers as the new coach of the Springbok rugby team, Watson was selected for nine more Test caps.
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    On 14 October 2008 the Ubombo Rugby wrote in a letter to Govender that Watson had not said anything that was racist or defamatory.
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    A number of senior players reportedly threatened to boycott the 2008 end of year tour to England, Wales and Scotland if Watson was included in the squad.
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    On 3 October 2008 Watson delivered a speech at the Ubumbo rugby festival at the University of Cape Town.
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    In September 2008 Watson was also replaced by De Villiers as captain of the Western Province side under coach Allister Coetzee.
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  • 2007
    Age 23
    Injured for most of the season, he hardly featured in the 2007 Currie Cup.
    Watson made his controversial Springbok debut against Manu Samoa on 9 June 2007 but made little impression, and was substituted early in the second half after sustaining a rib injury.
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    These included the selection of Watson in the World Cup squad; in return, White’s contract with SA Rugby would be extended beyond the 2007 World Cup.
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    In his autobiography In Black and White – The Jake White Story, White mentions that he was approached at the start of the 2007 international season by lawyer Brian Biebuyck on behalf of the Watson family.
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    Despite his sacking as captain, Watson scored most tries (5) for the Stormers in the 2007 Super rugby season, only the second forward after Bobby Skinstad to achieve this accomplishment between 1998 and 2011.
    In December 2007 new Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus replaced Watson with Springbok backline veteran Jean de Villiers as captain of the Stormers.
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    For example, Van der Merwe substituted Watson after 60 minutes of a Super 14 match in April 2007 while the Stormers were being heavily defeated by the Blue Bulls.
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    The coach of the Stormers team in 2007, Kobus van der Merwe, appointed Watson as captain for their Super Rugby campaign.
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    When Watson was finally selected as a Springbok in 2007 and was asked in media interviews to comment on his earlier public criticisms, he maintained that he stood by what he had said a year earlier.
    Hoskins explained that he interfered in Watson's 2007 selection because "the relationship between the two was extremely strained for a very long time.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 22
    After the non-selection controversy of 2006 and the politicised-selection controversy of 2007, Watson was firmly established in the media spotlight, and aspects of his behaviour now became subject to more media scrutiny than for other players.
    White's public stance against shorter loose forwards was contradicted in November 2006 when he included Kabamba Floors for the Springbok squad against England in the place of an injured Pierre Spies.
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    He is a most overrated player.” By contrast McCaw described Watson in 2006 as "an excellent player" and "perhaps unlucky not to be part of the Springbok set-up".
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    Hoskins later said in an interview with Talk Radio 702 host John Robbie that he had added Watson because Watson was South Africa's 2006 Super 14 Player of the Year.
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    Rugby journalist Mark Keohane reported that on the morning of Monday 30 October 2006 Watson had been confirmed as the winner.
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    Due to his good form in 2006, Watson was nominated for awards as the Players' Player of the Year, Super 14 Player of the Year, and Currie Cup Player of the Year.
    By reaffirming his 2006 position after his 2007 selection, Watson may have breached the Springbok code of conduct according to which a player undertakes not to discredit or insult a Springbok team-mate.
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    Watson’s comments in the 2006 SA Sports Illustrated interview revealed his own negative feeling at the time towards White, captain John Smit and the squad.
    White's accusation that Watson was divisive was no doubt supported by Watson’s public criticism of Jake White in a 2006 SA Sports Illustrated article.
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    White dismissed the charge of bias in 2006, claiming that his reasons were purely rugby-related and that he had "no personal issues with anybody".
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    According to statistics compiled by the New Zealand company Verusco, Watson was the second best openside flanker in the 2006 Super 14 competition, preceded only by Richie McCaw and followed by Phil Waugh.
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    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.
  • 2005
    Age 21
    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.
  • 2004
    Age 20
    By 2004 White was said to be against picking Burger and Watson in the same team, Although he had had shown "sensational form" in 2004, Watson was again ignored by White and selectors Andre Markgraaff and Pieter Jooste in favour of Solly Tyibilika, who had lost his position to Watson at the Sharks during the season.
    Watson expected to play out the remainder of his Sharks contract in the Currie Cup until the Stormers' started their Super rugby training in December 2004.
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    While he was still under contract to the Sharks, his terms were to expire at the end of 2004.
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    Watson's good form during the 2004 Super 12 season made him a recruiting target for professional teams.
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2003
    Age 19
    In 2003 coach Jake White chose Schalk Burger and omitted Watson for the South African under-21 team that won the world championship.
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    The 2003 Currie Cup season started badly for Watson, who had contracted tick-bite fever and was forced to miss the Sharks' first warm-up game in July.
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    By June 2003 he had signed up with rugby agent Jason Smith's World Artists, who represented South African players such as Victor Matfield and Clyde Rathbone locally and abroad.
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    Watson relocated to Durban in 2003 where he represented the Sharks in the Currie Cup and the in the Super 12 competitions.
    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 18
    By the end of the 2002 season Watson was called "promising" and "one of the most exciting young ball fetchers in the country", and by November he was being actively sought by the Durban-based Sharks.
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    In 2002 Watson was included in the Eastern Province under-21 team before progressing to the senior squad.
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    Watson was selected for the South African Sevens team that played at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, replacing Marius Schoeman who withdrew due to a broken arm.
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    In 2002 Watson was chosen to captain South Africa's under-19 team at the IRB Junior World Championship in Italy.
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  • 2001
    Age 17
    In October 2001 he was one of five nominees for the Craven Week Player of the Tournament, which was awarded to Derick Hougaard.
    In 2001 Watson was chosen as captain of the South African Schools team that played the French under-18 team twice.
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    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.
  • 2000
    Age 16
    Watson was selected for the South African Academy side in 2000 that beat the South African Schools side that year.
    With his cousin, Daniel, Luke Watson represented the Eastern Province XV at the 2000 Craven Week.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Age 2
    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.
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  • 1983
    Born
    Born on October 26, 1983.
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