Planet Rugby

White sets sights on Watson

18th December 2013 11:09

Share:

Luke Watson Kings v Waratahs SR 2013

Watson: Set for Durban return

Sharks boss Jake White has made contact with back-row Luke Watson and could sign him for next year's Super Rugby competition.

The former Springbok coach will assess the Kings captain in the new year and said he has no issue with picking the player he was forced to include in the Bok squad in 2007.

Watson is optimistic about making a possible return to the Sharks. He made his Super Rugby debut for the Durban-based franchise, as a 19 year-old, before moving to the Stormers.

He then captained Premiership club Bath before returning to South Africa in 2011 when he joined the Kings.

"It was a very encouraging and exciting telephonic chat," Watson told Keo.co.za

"I should be training again by mid-January and be available to play near the end of February.

"Jake said we would chat again mid January and asked for a regular update on my injury recovery."

Watson said both men have moved on from the unfortunate events of 2007.

'So much of what happened back then was third-party related," he added.

"It is history. What excites me is the now and what is possible in the future. I am committed to the Kings but have always stated my desire to play Super Rugby again - and Jake's phone call gives me hope that if my fitness and form is good enough I will be a consideration at the Sharks.

"It adds to the motivation for 2014."

White, who guided the Brumbies to a runners-up position in this year's Super Rugby competition, believes the Sharks are good enough to win Super Rugby.

"The Sharks have incredible depth and I will look to any player who can add to the depth of the squad and to a successful 2014 challenge," he said.

"I have already drafted in a few Kings players who impressed me in 2013. Luke missed half the Super Rugby season because of injury and I wanted to establish his recovery period from the foot operation.

"I also wanted him to know that I wanted to have a look at him when he was fit again and that as far as I was concerned the past belongs in the past and that all I was interested in was putting together the best possible Sharks squad."

  • Super Rugby Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Friday , April 25
Blues vs Waratahs17:35
Brumbies vs Chiefs17:40
Sharks vs Highlanders19:10
Saturday , April 26
Hurricanes vs Reds19:35
Western Force vs Bulls17:40
Cheetahs vs Stormers17:05
Friday , May 2
Blues vs Reds19:35
Melbourne Rebels vs Sharks19:40
Saturday , May 3
Chiefs vs Lions19:35
Crusaders vs Brumbies16:35
More Super Rugby fixtures
  • Super Rugby Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , April 19
Chiefs 17 - 18 CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 19 - 12 BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Report
Sharks 19 - 8 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 18 - 3 LionsStormers vs Lions Report
Friday , April 18
Hurricanes 39 - 20 BluesHurricanes vs Blues Report
Melbourne Rebels 22 - 16 Western Force
Saturday , April 12
Chiefs 22 - 16 Melbourne RebelsChiefs vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Western Force 28 - 16 WaratahsWestern Force vs Waratahs Report
Cheetahs 31 - 52 CrusadersCheetahs vs Crusaders Report
Lions 12 - 25 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
More Super Rugby results
  • Super Rugby Table
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Sharks831
2Brumbies825
3Chiefs825
4Waratahs824
5Western Force823
6Crusaders822
7Hurricanes821
8Highlanders719
9Bulls919
10Lions916
11Blues816
12Reds816
13Melbourne Rebels816
14Stormers810
15Cheetahs99
Australian Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Brumbies825
2Waratahs824
3Western Force823
4Reds816
5Melbourne Rebels816
New Zealand Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Chiefs825
2Crusaders822
3Hurricanes821
4Blues816
5Highlanders615
South African Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Sharks831
2Bulls919
3Lions916
4Stormers810
5Cheetahs99