Return of the King

SA Rugby magazine reveals how Luke Watson’s move to the EP Kings transpired and his reasons behind it.

Watson returning was not a predetermined Kings plan. Luke’s decision to go to the Kings was self-made and self-motivated and it had nothing to do with his father, Cheeky, being the president of the EPRFU. The drive to get Luke to Port Elizabeth came from Kings director of rugby and head coach Alan Solomons.

‘He is a brilliant player and those who have played with him speak about his exceptional and inspirational leadership and about his ability to make things happen,’ said Solomons before approaching Luke.

‘I had heard so many good things about Solly’s passion and love for the game that it only made the decision [to join EP] easier,’ says Watson in the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, which goes on sale this week. ‘Once I met him I felt even more comforted that we shared an idealism for what the Kings should represent and a practicality about what they have to achieve as a team and a region.

‘I am not back in South Africa to prove anything to anyone or to myself. I am in Port Elizabeth to make a contribution, to a team, to a region and ultimately to
a country.’

Also in the new issue:

– Keo on why Rassie Erasmus will benefit from being with the Boks

– Why Francois Hougaard should replace Bryan Habana in the Springbok side

Jaque Fourie’s communication skills and size set him apart from the rest

Duane Vermeulen puts fear into opponents’ hearts

Kieran Read capped off an outstanding 2010 season by being named New Zealand’s Player of the Year, But his sights are set even higher in 2011

– In a year and a half, Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has transformed the Reds from also-rans to Super Rugby title contenders

Quade Cooper on the Reds’ revival, his attacking innovations, and the battle for the Wallabies No 10 jersey

– The Mobile Eye device has given goal-kickers like James O’Connor a new perspective

– How the University of Cape Town broke their Varsity Cup curse

Rudi Coetzee has justified Perpignan’s decision to sign him from bankrupt Bourgoin

Ruan Pienaar’s stint with Ulster has given him a harder edge

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