August 07, 2019
England wing set to face Wales in Sunday’s World Cup warm-up• Watson returned from injury after a paternal ‘kick up backside’
Anthony Watson reaps benefit of some elementary advice from his father
As doubts continue to linger over Jack Nowell’s fitness for the World Cup, Eddie Jones has the brutal honesty of Anthony Watson’s father to thank for ensuring his wing ranks are not further depleted. Nowell’s place on the plane to Japan remains in jeopardy but Watson is back to full fitness and looks set for his first England appearance in 18 months this weekend after his father Duncan’s “kick up the backside” during his lengthy injury lay-off.
Watson tore his achilles at the end of the 2018 Six Nations and needed surgery a second time after rupturing it again four months later during an NFL photoshoot. A niggling quad injury further delayed his comeback until April but, after three appearances for Bath, Jones saw fit to include the 25-year-old in his World Cup plans in June. Doubts were raised when Jones then sent him for a week’s conditioning in Loughborough with the sprint coach Jonas Dodoo last month while the rest of the squad gathered in Bristol but, after returning for the recent camp in Treviso, he is set to face Wales in England’s first World Cup warm-up match on Sunday.
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