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Catrakilis joins Kings as Watson confirmed captain

Southern Kings Director of Rugby Alan Solomons has confirmed that they have signed WP fly half Demetri Catrakilis on a two year deal and the Luke Watson will be the team’s captain.

Solomons confirmation that Catrakalis’s joining of the Kings means that he will compete with George Whitehead and Wesley Dunlop for the number 10 jersey next season.

Catrakalis follows Cheetahs centre Andries Strauss and Sharks lock Steven Sykes as the Kings’ new recruitments for their first year in Super Rugby.

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“Demetri is the more experienced player among our flyhalves,” Solomons told Keo.

“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.

“Steven Sykes and Andries Strauss also add plenty of value,” he continued.

“Steven has had a stint with Leinster in Europe and did very well for the Sharks during Super Rugby and the Currie Cup. He’s also a EP local boy, having gone to school at Marlow.

“Andries will offer us plenty of experience and leadership. He’s shown his quality for the Sharks and Cheetahs in Super Rugby and travelled with the Springboks to Europe in 2010.”

Southern Kings captain Luke Watson missed the opening rounds of the Currie Cup after a shoulder operation and a quad strain but has played well in the last four matches and scored eight tries and two hat-tricks.

“Luke is a player that will score plenty of tries for your team,’ said Solomons.

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

Solomons said that he believes that Watson could add value for the Springboks who have struggled with injuries in the loose forward department.

“Luke has proven he is a quality player and he can make an impact at higher levels. “

“But it’s up to Heyneke Meyer to decide on who he wants to use in his team.”

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