Controversial loose forward Luke Watson is not about to roll over and play dead in his battle with the South African Rugby Union.
The Cape Town-based Afrikaans daily, Die Burger, reports that Watson has acquired the services of a heavyweight advocate for the SARU disciplinary hearing he will be facing today.
Rugby365 reports that advocate Jeremy Gauntlett, described by a legal expert as “the top guy” and an “incredible orator”, will act for the Western Province loose forward.
The services of a legal man of such stature is believed to cost in the region of R30,000 per day – the newspaper said.
Gauntlett has previously represented former president Nelson Mandela.
Watson is in trouble over statements made last month at the Ubumbo Rugby Festival at the University of Cape Town.
Watson said he had to keep himself from vomiting on the Springbok jersey.
He also referred to Afrikaners as “Dutchmen”.
SARU appointed Dekker Govender as the judicial officer to investigate the issue.
Govender referred the case to the chairperson of SARU’s judicial committee, judge Lex Mpati, after finding that SARU’s code of conduct may have been violated.
The attorney Nape Dolamo has been appointed as judicial officer for Watson’s hearing.
The hearing is today at SA Rugby’s offices in Newlands.
Gauntlett has previously acted for Zimbabwe’s Movement For Democratic Change when they challenged President Robert Mugabe’s victory in the 2002 presidential elections.
He also represented the United Cricket Board during the King Commission’s inquiry following allegations of match-fixing involving former Proteas cricket skipper, the late Hansie CronjéTweet