Anthony Watson doubt for England’s Six Nations opener against France

  • Anthony Watson will have a scan on Saturday following a hamstring strain
  • The winger missed the autumn internationals with a broken jaw
  • England kick-off their Six Nations campaign against France next Saturday
England winger Anthony Watson is a doubt for the Six Nations opener against France after suffering a hamstring strain.

The 22-year-old Bath speedster will have a scan on Saturday to judge the extent of the injury.

If Watson, who missed the autumn internationals with a broken jaw, is ruled out, then it could present an opportunity to Gloucester’s Jonny May.


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The winger has scored 12 tries in his 23 Tests and was a fixture in the England side during the Grand Slam campaign last year and on the summer tour of Australia, which culminated in a 3-0 series demolition of the Wallabies.

Losing Watson would deprive Jones of the services of another stalwart of his successful tenure. He is already planning for the absence of Billy and Mako Vunipola as well as Chris Robshaw.

England start their title defence at Twickenham on 4 February.
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