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Watson returns from 13-month lay-off to give World Cup boost to England

The British & Irish Lion has not played a game since he was injured during the 2018 Six Nations.

Bath and England star Anthony Watson.
Bath and England star Anthony Watson.

ENGLAND’S ANTHONY WATSON is set to make his long-awaited return for Bath against Sale Sharks in the Premiership tomorrow.

Watson suffered a torn Achilles in the 2018 Six Nations, ruling him out for around six months, and then ruptured the tendon again in pre-season following an unsuccessful operation.

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder refused to put a date on the 25-year-old’s return at the time, describing the second issue as a “start-again injury”.

But Watson is now back in the fold and has been named at fullback in the Bath XV to face Sale, ending a stretch of over a year on the sidelines.

The return of the 33-cap England star will come as a boost to head coach Eddie Jones ahead of this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Watson, who started on the wing in all three British & Irish Lions tests against New Zealand in 2017, signed a new long-term contract with Bath last November.


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