It has been a less than happy April for Anthony Watson. The England winger was part of the Bath side walloped 30-10 by Saracens on April 1st (up until he was sent off that is) and now he is formally charged by the Rugby Football Union for his actions in that game.
The 22 year old is charged with an ‘act contrary to good sportmanship’, specifically the use of ‘offensive, inappropriate and unprofessional’ language following his sending off against Saracens. The red card was for a high tackle on Alex Goode, for which he has also been cited.
The Bath speedster could face a reprimand, financial penalty or suspension if found guilty of unsportman-like behaviour, but the punishment for his high tackle may prove more burdensome.
Given that the maximum ban for a high tackle is 10 weeks, the hearing, which takes place this evening, could see the winger ruled out of England’s Summer tour of Australia.
Eddie Jones is no doubt keen to build on his side’s first Grand Slam since 2003 and losing the Bath back would undoubtedly be a blow. Watson saw game time in every one of their Six Nations games this year, and scored three tries in the process rendering him their joint highest points scorer for the competition. England’s task of taming the Wallabies would become even more demanding in his absence.
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