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Anthony Watson keen to make comeback in Baths game at Sale Sharks

England wing Anthony Watson keen to make comeback from 13-month injury lay-off in Bath’s game at Sale Sharks

  • Anthony Watson has not played since rupturing his achilles 13 months ago
  • The England star is eyeing a return on Friday night when Bath head to Sale
  • His comeback will be good news for England’s Eddie Jones ahead of World Cup

England star Anthony Watson is targeting Bath’s game against Sale on Friday night to end his 13-month injury absence. The 25-year-old has not played a minute of competitive rugby since rupturing his achilles in last year’s Six Nations.

He resumed training several weeks ago, but, with the World Cup looming, Bath’s medics have resisted the urge to rush him back.

Sportsmail understands that he is hoping to have some involvement at the AJ Bell Stadium, with a place among the substitutes most likely.

Bath wing Anthony Watson is eyeing a return on Friday night when his side head to Sale

Bath wing Anthony Watson is eyeing a return on Friday night when his side head to Sale

The selectors are yet to make a final call although Todd Blackadder should have a clearer indication after training on Tuesday.

Watson’s comeback will be good news for England coach Eddie Jones, whose back-three reserves are stocked with Chris Ashton, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Jonny May and Jack Nowell. Watson was one of England’s leading candidates on the 2017 Lions tour and Jones has remained in regular contact during his rehabilitation.

Jones received more welcome injury news on Monday when No 8 Sam Simmonds made his first appearance of the year for Exeter reserves. Simmonds ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in September and initial fears suggested he could be out until July.

England’s No 8 hierarchy is not set in stone, with Nathan Hughes yet to establish himself as the main understudy to injury-prone Billy Vunipola.

Meanwhile, defence coach Shaun Edwards has moved closer to signing a new Wales deal after turning down a contract from Wasps. Dai Young, the Wasps director of rugby, revealed on Monday that Edwards has made clear his intention to remain in international rugby.

‘We offered Shaun a contract but it doesn’t look like he’s coming now,’ Young told the Coventry Telegraph. ‘We have very recently had confirmation from Shaun that he’s likely to be staying in international rugby and he won’t be looking to come to us in the short term.’

Watson has not played a competitive match since picking up an injury in the 2018 Six Nations

Watson has not played a competitive match since picking up an injury in the 2018 Six Nations

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