Luke Watson

Date of Birth
26 October 1983
Birth Place
Port Elizabeth
Captain / Flanker
1.85 m
100 kg


Luke Watson attended Grey High School in Port Elizabeth and represented the Eastern Province XV at the 2000 Craven Week, aged 16, then again in 2001. Watson was selected for the SA Academy squad in 2000. In 2001 he was chosen as captain of the SA Schools team which played the French U18 side. In 2002 Watson was chosen to captain the SA U19 team at the IRB Junior World Championship in Italy and was selected to play for the SA Sevens team that played at the Commonwealth Games. In 2004 Watson captained the South African U21 team at the IRB U21 Rugby World Championship.

Watson made his Provincial debut for Eastern Province against the Pumas on 20 July 2002. He then relocated to Durban in 2003 were he represented the Sharks in the Currie Cup and the Coastal Sharks in the Super 12. In 2005 he moved to Cape Town where he played for both Western Province and the Stormers until 2007, where he captained the side. In 2007 he was named Super Rugby player of the year.

Watson made his Springbok debut against Manu Samoa on 9 June 2007 and was selected for nine more Test caps the following year. In 2009 Watson again played Super 14 rugby for the Stormers and Currie Cup for Western Province, and was named Currie Cup player of the year, before leaving South Africa for the UK to join Bath Rugby, graduating to team captain at Bath in 2010. In December 2010 Watson announced that he would return to South Africa for the Eastern Province Kings. Watson is destined to be the captain of the Southern Kings in their maiden Super Rugby season.

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