England full-back Anthony Watson ruled out for six months

first_imgRugby union Six Nations 2018 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp England’s woes were compounded on Monday night with confirmation that Anthony Watson has sustained a torn achilles and faces around six months out of action.Eddie Jones revealed after the defeat by Ireland on Saturday that he was prepared to rest some of his British & Irish Lions contingent against South Africa in the summer despite three consecutive defeats but Watson’s enforced absence is still a considerable blow, depriving England of one of their most potent attacking weapons. Topics Share via Email Six Nations Share on Facebook Bath Ireland rugby union team Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Bath confirmed on Monday that Watson has been ruled out for the rest of the season and it is understood that, with surgery and a lengthy period of rehabilitation, the 24-year-old will face a race against time to be fit for the start of the 2018-19 campaign.“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,” said Bath’s director of rugby, Todd Blackadder.Watson, who has scored 15 tries in 36 Test appearances, had only just displaced Mike Brown as England’s first-choice full-back but left the field on Saturday on an electric cart after sustaining the injury towards the end of the first half. England are already set to be without Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes for the three-Test series against South Africa after both underwent knee surgery last week. Six Nations 2018 England rugby union team Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more