Western Province and Springbok flank Luke Watson will be called to a South African Rugby Union (SARU) disciplinary hearing, SA Rugby announced on Thursday evening.
SARU said in a statement the step has been taken in terms of the provisions of the SARU Code of Conduct.
“This is as a result of comments said to have been made by the player at a rugby function in Cape Town on October 3.
“Following an investigation by attorney Dekker Govender, he referred the matter to Judge Lex Mpati, chairperson of the National Judicial Committee of SARU, for adjudication in terms of Clause 4.3 of the SARU Code of Conduct.
“This Clause makes provision for the matter to be referred to the chairperson of the Judicial Committee if the designated official determines that a breach of the Code may have been committed, pursuant to the SARU Constitution and Regulations,” the statement reads.
Judge Mpati will appoint a judicial officer to chair the hearing where after a date for the hearing will be set.
According to reports Watson said at the event at the University of Cape down he disliked his Sprinbok jersey so much he wanted to puke on it. He referred to some of his team-mates and rugby administrators as “Dutchmen” – a derogatory reference to Afrikaners.
SARU said it will make no further comment on the matter until the conclusion of the disciplinary hearing.