White to assess Luke Watson for Sharks in 2014

New Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has arranged to assess former Southern Kings captain Luke Watson to see if he can play Super Rugby for the Sharks in 2014.

Watson’s Southern Kings have been relegated for the 2014 Super Rugby season and World Cup winning coach White has been in touch with the player that he was forced to select as a Springbok in 2007.

“It was a very encouraging and exciting telephonic chat,” Watson told Keo.

Watson missed much of the Southern Kings Super Rugby season due to injury and had an operation to repair a fracture in his foot

“I should be training again by mid-January and be available to play near the end of February,” said Watson.

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

Watson said that both men have moved on from the events in 2007 when White was forced into selecting Watson for the Springboks because of politics.

“So much of what happened back then was third-party related. 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.”

Watson made his Super Rugby debut for the Sharks when he was 19 but then moved to the Stormers where he became captain.

In 2009 Watson moved to the United Kingdom and played two seasons for Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership and the Heineken Cup and then returned to South Africa to join the Kings in 2011.

White has recently take charge of the Sharks after coaching the Brumbies to the 2013 Super Rugby final. The former Bok coach says that he believes the Sharks are good enough to win a Super Rugby title.

“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,” said White.

“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.”

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