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Anthony Watson banned by the RFU for controversial tweet

Anthony Watson appeared before an independent disciplinary last week. He was charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and/or The Game, contrary to RFU Rule 5.12. 

This was for comments on social media about a decision made by the referee during the match between Bath Rugby and Wasps on Saturday 30 October 2021.

Watson, who tweeted: “Here we go again. Where is he supposed to wrap?! Obsurd [sic] decision”

In a statement, the club said: “Watson accepted the charge and was given a one-week ban, suspended until the end of the 2022/23 season. He has also been asked to prepare and deliver a presentation to his teammates and the Rugby Department in January. 

“Watson shared his regret saying: “I apologise for my actions and accept that I should have given more thought about the impact of them at the time; particularly as it was a Premiership game, and I am aware that I should not comment on decisions made by match officials. I hope that the RFU will forgive this error of judgement.”


Four players Eddie Jones should drop – and who should replace them for the Six Nations

#1. Owen Farrell

The England captain would have hoped to play a much bigger on-field role. Unstinting team man as always but England actually looked a better team with him not on the field.

Owen Farrell of England limps off injured during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

Replacement: George Ford

The 28-year-old’s uplift in form since being dropped by Jones has been incredible with a number of flawless performances in the Gallagher Premiership for Leicester. He feels like a more appropriate deputy for Marcus Smith, and has plenty of experience to pass on to the 22-year-old upstart.

Leicester Tigers player George Ford (c) during the Gallagher Premiership rugby game between Leicester Tigers and Bath Rugby at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Nov 5th – PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK


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