England wing Anthony Watson to leave Bath – report

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England star Anthony Watson will leave struggling Bath when his contract finishes at the end of the 2021/22 season, according to the Telegraph.

They are reporting that the back three player, who has been with the West Country outfit since 2013, has decided not to take up the option of extending his stay with the club.

Watson has a clause in his contract which allows him to sign an automatic extension by the end of today (December 31), but that is unlikely to be exercised.

The 27-year-old will instead find a new team but his destination is unclear, particularly with the reduction in salary cap to £5million tightening the purse strings at many Premiership sides.

Interest domestically and overseas

There will be plenty of interest from France but a move overseas would effectively end his England career and would be a surprising option.

Watson, despite his injury issues over the past few years, remains a key part of the international squad when fit and will likely want to remain in the country.

He has been linked with Saracens and Wasps in the past, as well as former side London Irish, and will make a decision over the coming weeks.

It is also another blow for Bath, who are rooted to the foot of the Premiership following 10 successive defeats and have seen Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau sign for Cardiff.

They have pulled off a coup by bringing in Munster head coach Johann van Graan for next season, but the South African has a big rebuilding job on his hands.

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