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The spark of many a public debate, Stormers captain Luke Watson returned to Cape Town from Bloemfontein having been released from Springbok training after not gaining selection into the match 22.

Politics aside, Watson has said that his entire focus is merely on playing rugby.

“All I’m focusing on is rugby now; it’s the Springboks and just the Springboks,” Watson told the Cape Argus.

Watson also asserted that the relationship between him and Bok coach Jake White was a fully-functional one based on professionalism.

“Any manner or form in which I can contribute to Jake White’s campaign to win the World Cup would be fantastic.

“[Our relationship] is strictly a coach-player relationship.

“No personal feelings have been taken into account. We’re professionals here… and we’re focused on winning the World Cup.”

Watson says he enjoyed his time spent in Bloemfontein.

“It was wonderful. I did not experience the camp as stressful and I just hope we give England a good hiding,” he told Die Burger.

“They [England] are an unknown quantity but the Springboks are looking good. I am sure we can field a Springbok team that will be able to handle anything the English may throw at them.”

Watson is also enthused at the chance of making an appearance in a Test match.

“Nothing’s written in stone yet, but if I get an opportunity to play as a Springbok and don the South African colours, it would be fantastic,” said Watson.

“Obviously you’ve got to take into account that the coach selected the best side he thought for playing against England and I hope they do brilliantly. They’ve been looking phenomenal and I wish them the best of luck.”

 

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