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23 January 2014, 9:08am

Watson to make Saxons debut

Anthony Watson will make his England Saxons debut on Saturday against the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds, kick-off 17.00.

Watson, 19, joins the Saxons after being temporarily released from England's RBS 6 Nations squad to give him senior international experience on the wing. He joins fellow Bath player Nathan Catt in the squad, who is selected on the bench.

Northampton's Calum Clark will captain the side on his first Saxons appearance, with five others in the starting line-up for the first time: centre Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs), prop Alex Waller (Northampton Saints), lock Charlie Matthews, flanker Luke Wallace (both Harlequins), and No. 8 Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs).

There are only three full internationals in the Saxons line-up with eight caps between them in the shape of London Wasps scrum half Joe Simpson (one cap), Gloucester Rugby fly-half Freddie Burns (three) and wing Charlie Sharples (four).

Joe Lydon, RFU Head of International Player Development, said: "The players in this squad have worked very hard in a short week and there will be a lot of tremendous talent from the Aviva Premiership on show this Saturday and against Scotland A in Glasgow on Friday week. They've been helped by an outstanding contribution from the staff and coaches led by Jon Callard, Simon Hardy and Paul Gustard.

"Players can make an immediate step from the Saxons into the senior side but we're also looking at the development of those players with the longer term potential to push for places in England's World Cup squads in 2015, 2019 and beyond.

"First and foremost, though, we want to win against the Wolfhounds and Scotland A. The recent history of these games tells us it will be hard work against two fiercely competitive teams."

Bath Rugby will be showing the Saxons v Wolfhounds game live in the Clubhouse after our game against Cardiff Blues this Saturday, so make sure you stick around to cheer Watson, Catt and the rest of the boys on!

England Saxons

15 Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
13 Matt Hopper (Harlequins)
12 Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
11 Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
9 Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
1 Alex Waller (Northampton Saints)
2 Jamie George (Saracens)
3 Tom Mercey (Northampton Saints)
4 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)
5 George Kruis (Saracens)
6 Calum Clark (Northampton Saints, captain)
7 Luke Wallace (Harlequins)
8 Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)

Replacements

16 Dave Ward (Harlequins)
17 Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby)
18 Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
19 Elliott Stooke (Gloucester Rugby)
20 Sam Dickinson (Northampton Saints)
21 Dave Lewis (Exeter Chiefs)
22 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
23 Rob Miller (Sale Sharks)

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