International: Watson to earn 50th England cap

12 March 2021

Anthony Watson will make his 50th international appearance this weekend when England take on France in the Guinness Six Nations.

The 27-year-old made his debut for his country in 2014 against New Zealand and his dedication to perform to a high standard week in, week out has seen him become an integral part of Eddie Jones’ squad.

He was key to England’s run to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final and has scored three tries in his past six outings in white. 

Bath Rugby Director of Rugby Stuart Hooper said: “Ant’s commitment and dedication to playing his best rugby and the way he conducts himself on and off the field has been, and continues to be, exemplary.

“He is a hugely respected guy and everyone at the club would like to congratulate Ant on his fully deserved achievement.” 

Bath captain Charlie Ewels and prop Will Stuart also feature in the matchday 23. Ewels will earn his 20th cap, starting an international fixture for the eighth time of his career while Stuart is named as a replacement.

Meanwhile, Taulupe Faletau continues for Wales as they seek to add their fourth win of the tournament against Italy.

The back rower has been in inspired form for club and country of late, winning man of the match for his performance in his Wales’ victory over England in Round 3.

“Toby has been doing a great job for both us and Wales during the Six Nations campaign,” Hooper said.

“You can see from his performances that he is loving his rugby at the moment and we are glad he finds himself in club and international environments where he can express himself on the pitch.”

Finally, loosehead Jamie Bhatti has been selected for Scotland’s contest against Ireland at Murrayfield.

Bhatti receives his call-up after taking his game to another level during his time in Somerset, following his arrival in December 2020.

“Scotland have been really pleased with Jamie’s progression during his time with us,” Hooper said.

“He has worked extremely hard to improve all areas of his game, in particular his fitness and scrummaging which have progressed significantly over the past few months.

“His hard work has been rewarded by his national team and we are very happy he will be in international colours on Sunday.”


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