Watson signs with EP Kings

2010-12-07 07:23

Springbok rugby player Luke Watson confirmed yesterday that he will return to play in South Africa after signing a deal with the EP Kings franchise.

“The opportunity to return home to SA and especially to my home city Port Elizabeth, is one that I have to grab with both hands,” Watson wrote on social networking site Twitter.

“It’s always been my dream to see top flight rugby established within the Eastern Cape and I am very excited to be able to be a part of this.”

The loose forward said he would return to South Africa after the English Premier League season, in which he plays for Bath.

He said he had signed a three-year deal with the EP Kings and would join them in June or July 2011, shortly before the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

“Incredibly tough decision. I have loved my time at Bath,” he said.

“The supporters have been amazing and the club is incredibly special to me.

“My time thus far at Bath has been invaluable. It has been one of the best experiences of my life and I’ll be forever grateful for that.”

Watson (27), has been surrounded by controversy in a long international career which has seen him captain the South African Under-19, U-21 and Sevens rugby teams.

He earned his first cap for the Springboks against Samoa at Ellis Park in June 2007 after political influence from the SA Rugby Union forced him into the squad against the wishes of then Bok coach Jake White.

Watson hit the headlines again when he said in a speech at the University of Cape Town in October 2008 that he wanted to vomit on the Springbok jersey.

He earned the last of his 10 Springbok caps against Australia at Ellis Park in August 2008.

Watson’s father Daniel “Cheeky” Watson is the president of the EP Kings.

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