Lions candidate Anthony Watson shows versatility with pair of Bath tries from full-back

Paul Bolton
The Telegraph
Anthony Watson of Bath races clear to score his second try of the match against Leicester  - Getty Images Europe
Anthony Watson of Bath races clear to score his second try of the match against Leicester  - Getty Images Europe

Anthony Watson played down talk of a British and Irish Lions call-up after he had helped Bath to an important win in the race for fourth place. 

Watson's brace of late tries clinched victory in front of a 61,000 club record crowd and demonstrated his versatility as they were scored from full-back. 

England have played Watson only as a wing in his 26 internationals to date but his ability to play more than one position could appeal to Gatland. But, having missed the autumn internationals with a broken jaw and all but two Six Nations matches because of a hamstring injury, Watson is taking nothing for granted ahead of Lions' coach Warren Gatland's squad announcement next week. 

"Of course I have thought about it [the Lions]. But it is not at the forefront of mind," Watson said. 

"I have only played two international games this year so what will be will be. All I can control is try to put my best foot forward, play well for Bath. If Warren wants to pick me he will pick me. You have got to look at it from his point from view." 

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If Watson misses out on a trip to New Zealand place he will have the consolation of a tour to Argentina with England whose head coach Eddie Jones was an unexpected spectator at Twickenham having switched from the London derby at Wembley

Watson said the decision to move him to full-back with Bath had not been made at Jones's request but he was keen to increase his value to club and country by developing skills in a second position. 

"That is where I enjoy playing for Bath and wherever I am selected I am going to try my hardest but particularly at Bath I enjoy playing full-back," he said. 

"For me, I have just got to try and play well wherever I am picked. At Bath I absolutely love playing full-back. With who we have got in our backline I am able to interlink with them more often than perhaps on the wing. 

"There is the counter-attack element of it as well – it is definitely why I prefer playing full-back for Bath. 

"I have said it before but often you find yourself at full-back when you are on the wing, particularly the way we operate our backfield and then when you are at full-back often you will find yourself  on the wing. 

"It is definitely an advantage to be able to play both and the understanding you get of either position definitely enhances if you move position." 

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