Springboks

Watson 1st casualty for England's SA tour

2018-03-20 07:58
Anthony Watson (AP)

London - England wing Anthony Watson will play no further part in his club Bath's Premiership battle to make the playoffs because of an Achilles injury suffered in last Saturday's Six Nations defeat by Ireland.

READ: England to field weakened side in Bok series?

Watson is expected to be sidelined for up to six months, therefore also ruling him out of contention for England's three-Test tour of South Africa in June.

Todd Blackadder, Bath's director of rugby, tweeted the news, confirming what England head coach Eddie Jones had feared in the immediate aftermath of the 24-15 loss at Twickenham which secured the Irish the Grand Slam.

"Anthony has been in superb form this year, and we're obviously really disappointed to have lost him at a critical part of the season," tweeted former New Zealand captain Blackadder.

Watson, 24, who underwent rehabilitation work on another Achilles injury last year, played at fullback on Saturday and suffered the injury just after the half-hour mark.

Watson, who has scored 15 tries in 33 Tests but looked uncomfortable in his position at fullback, had to be driven off in a buggy and replaced by Mike Brown, whose place he had taken in the starting line-up.

Bath, who have been crowned champions six times but not since 1996, are seventh in the table with five matches of the regular season remaining.

However, only 11 points separate second-placed Wasps (54 points) and Sale in eighth - champions Exeter are the runaway leaders on 61 - with the top four contesting the playoffs.

Watson's injury is a blow to Jones, who is in charge of a side reeling after three successive Six Nations defeats, the first time since the 2006 edition that has happened.

Read more on:    england  |  springboks  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 02 June 2018
Wales v South Africa, RFK Stadium 23:00
Saturday, 09 June 2018
South Africa v England, Emirates Airline Park 17:05
Saturday, 16 June 2018
South Africa v England, Toyota Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 23 June 2018
South Africa v England, Cape Town 17:05
Saturday, 18 August 2018
South Africa v Argentina, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 25 August 2018
Argentina v South Africa, Estadio Malvinas 21:10
Vote

Who would you like to see start in the No 10 jersey for the Springboks in the first Test against England in June?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.