Close sidebar

England Winger Anthony Watson Could Miss The June Tour Of Australia

BATH, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Anthony Watson of Bath is shown a red card by Referee, Greg Garner during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on April 1, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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.

BATH, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Alex Goode of Saracens is tackled in the air by Anthony Watson of Bath resulting in a red card during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on April 1, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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.

____

Heineken Rugby Club celebrates and rewards real supporters who make the game what it is.

Heineken Rugby Club – where rugby meets the world.

Read More About: , , , , , ,

Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team. If you would like to join the team, drop us an email at write@punditarena.com.