Watson may join Sharks

2013-12-19 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Controversial former Springbok Luke Watson may be joining the Sharks Super Rugby squad next year.

But this may not be good news for some Shark supporters, who still have not forgiven Watson for remarking some years ago that he felt like throwing up on his Springbok jersey. No one would blame these supporters for thinking it is an early April Fool’s joke.

But it is the truth.

According to Mark Keohane, the 30-year old Watson’s agent, newly appointed Sharks coach Jake White has called him and enquired about his fitness.

Earlier this year, Watson had a foot operation and will probably only be ready to start training the middle of January and will be fit and ready to play in the latter part of February.

White, who apparently showed some interest in Watson’s services, will probably contact him in January again to find out the latest news of his fitness.

Watson became a Springbok in 2007 while White was the coach of the national team.

During that time rumours were rife that he only made the Springbok team as a result of political intervention.

Watson, however, says there is a good relationship between himself and White, and described the call he received from the Sharks coach as very exciting and encouraging.

He said he definitely still aspires to play Super Rugby.

He described the Sharks’ draw for next year’s tournament as “fantastic”.

They start in Durban on February 15 against the Bulls and following that play another home game against the Hurricanes and then a bye before meeting the Lions, Reds and Waratahs in home games. They play the Bulls in Pretoria before their second bye.

White is not at all fazed that the Sharks will have two byes so early during the tournament.

“It happened both years with us when I coached the Brumbies,” he said on the Sharks website.

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