BREAKING: RFU to confirm first contracted male player - Ruck

BREAKING: RFU to confirm first contracted male player

According to The Telegraph, Anthony Watson has achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first male England player to secure a training contract with the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

In the recent England squad update, Watson was listed as “unattached.” However, it is now reported that the 29-year-old will receive direct payment from the RFU until the conclusion of the World Cup.

This arrangement came into effect after his previous contract with Leicester expired. Notably, sources from RUCK suggest that Leicester Tigers are the frontrunners to re-sign Watson after the World Cup.

Despite interest from French clubs, particularly Castres, the RFU decided to step in and secure Watson’s services following the recommendation of England head coach Steve Borthwick, who aimed to keep the talented player within the Premiership.

During the challenging 2023 Six Nations campaign, Watson stood out as one of the few bright spots for England, despite the team finishing fourth in the tournament.

Anthony Watson of England during the England Rugby Captains Run ahead of the Six Nations Match between Wales and England at Principality Stadium, London on 24 Feb 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

It’s important to clarify that this agreement differs from a central contract, as seen in Ireland, where the Irish Rugby Union directly covers the wages of its top players. Instead, the RFU’s move was a short-term solution to ensure Watson’s continuity after his contract with Leicester came to an end.

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