Anthony Watson makes U-turn at Bath Rugby exit – reports

According to the latest reports, Bath Rugby looks set to keep British and Irish Lions star Anthony Watson at the club for at least another season.

Over the festive period, news broke that the 56-man England star had “made the decision” to leave Rec at the end of the season when his contract expired after eight years at the club, opting not to have an automatic renewal. to sign his current contract. deal before New Year’s Eve deadlines passed.

However, The Rugby Paper reports this week that Bath and Watson, who are currently sidelined with an ACL injury, have found common ground and the club has activated a clause to keep him with the Rec for at least one more season .

Watson, 27, has been linked with a possible move to Saracens, Bristol Bears, Wasps and his former club London Irish, which he left for Bath in 2013. played at Under-20 level.

He has made 126 appearances for the club since then, but only two this season after suffering a torn ACL when he returned to the Premiership in October after his summer performances for the British & Irish Lions in South Africa.

While rugby director Stuart Hooper remains head of recruitment at Bath, the Rugby Paper reports that new club chairman Ed Grififths has made keeping Watson and fellow England star Jonathan Joseph at the Rec one of his priorities since taking up his new position of owner Bruce Craig recorded on January 1.

Joseph, 30, who is a target for Sale Sharks, has reportedly been given a new one-year contract extension at the bottom of the Bath table, with new South African head coach Johann van Graan arriving at the club in the summer for another day.

Joseph also switched from London Irish to Bath in the summer of 2013, making over 100 appearances for the club, while also making 54 international appearances for England. even more promising redesign for the club with him available for the entire club campaign.

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