London Irish miss out on Anthony Watson due to ongoing financial uncertainty - Ruck

London Irish miss out on Anthony Watson due to ongoing financial uncertainty

According to The Rugby Paper, Saracens are becoming more confident that Anthony Watson will join them for the upcoming Premiership season.

Watson, who currently plays for Leicester after signing a one-year contract and taking a pay cut from Bath, has not yet agreed to any terms for next season.

Although Watson’s name was not included on the list of players leaving or staying at Welford Road, he recently traveled to France to discuss joining Castres in the Top 14 and is also rumoured to have talked to London Irish.

However, it appears that Watson will be joining Saracens according to the latest reports.

Watson joined Leicester Tigers ahead of the 2022/23 season.

The England and British & Irish Lions moved to Leicester from fellow Gallagher Premiership club Bath Rugby.

Watson was born in Surrey and was a member of the London Irish academy before making his professional debut for The Exiles in 2011 and representing England at Under-20 level during the next two seasons.

He moved to Bath in 2013 and made more than 100 appearances for the club in the Premiership and European competitions.

Watson made his Test debut for England in 2014 against New Zealand at Twickenham and has made more than 50 international appearances, including at the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups, as well as having featured in successive British & Irish Lions tours in against the All Blacks in 2017 and Springboks in 2021.

Fans rank the 5 most overrated rugby players of the professional era

The labels ‘overrated’ and ‘underrated’ in rugby discussions are highly charged because they extend beyond the players’ on-field abilities.

These labels are based on the amount of fan adoration, leading to the possibility of exceptional players being branded as overrated and average players as underrated.

This judgment has nothing to do with the players themselves as they cannot control how fans hype them on social media beyond their actual performances.

Although examining the ‘most overrated rugby players in history’ is a contentious issue, we are not deterred from doing so. Our focus is on the fans, as the voters at have expressed their opinions.

Most overrated rugby players ever:

#5. George North (Wales)

One fan wrote: “He had a few good years between 2011-2013 and then he has died down. Hasn’t looked good as the commentary teams make him out to be.”

Another commented: “George bloody North!”

A third said: “I think it’s important to separate the player he was back in 2013, with the player he became once injury and loss of form hit. Definitely overrated though, but I think that’s the media’s fault.”

George North of Wales goes over for a try during the summer international match between Wales and England at Principality Stadium on Saturday 17 Aug 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK