Watson named WP captain

Springbok-reject Luke Watson will captain Western Province in the Currie Cup this season.

The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, considering Schalk Brits was given the Stormers captaincy during the Super 14 when De Wet Barry was dropped.

However, Watson is considered to be a natural-born leader, and has captained South Africa at an U19 level.

“I have every confidence in Luke,” said WP coach Kobus van der Merwe. “Performance wise, he has been in superb form this year. In addition we know he has outstanding leadership qualities and we believe in his ability to unite and lead the team.”

Watson said he was “honoured” to captain the team.
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“It is a great honour and privilege to be selected to lead players in the blue and white hoops. A lot of hard work lies ahead but I know the squad is up for the challenge.”