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Wed Apr 23 16:10:57 SAST 2014

Watson to captain Kings

TEAMtalk Media | 20 September, 2012 13:260 Comments
Luke Watson of EP Kings during the Currie Cup first division match against Boland Kavaliers at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Image by: Michael Sheehan / Gallo Images

Southern Kings director of rugby Alan Solomons has confirmed that flanker Luke Watson will captain the side in next year's Super Rugby tournament.

The former Bok has led the EP Kings in the Currie Cup's First Division this season. He missed the opening rounds due to a shoulder operation and a quad strain but has impressed since his return, scoring eight tries in four matches.

"Luke is a player that will score plenty of tries for your team," Solomons told

"But it's his general play that has been very impressive. He's been in great form since coming back from injury."

Solomons believes that Watson could even add value to the Springboks.

"Luke has proven he is a quality player and he can make an impact at a higher level, but it's up to (Springbok coach) Heyneke Meyer to decide on who he wants to use in his team," he said.

Meanwhile, it's been confirmed that Western Province fly-half Demetri Catrakilis has signed a two-year deal with the Kings.

Catrakilis did not feature in any of the Stormers' matches during this year's tournament and his inability to break into their matchday squad is believed to be the reason for his move to the Kings.

"Demetri is the more experienced player among our fly-halves," said Solomons.

"He's shown great form during the Currie Cup Premier Division over the last two seasons for WP.

"His kicking at goal and out of hand has been excellent. I'm surprised he hasn't played Super Rugby for the Stormers."

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