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“Multiple internationals” – Six players departing Leicester Tigers

#6. Anthony Watson to likely Saracens

f Anthony Watson chooses to remain in the Premiership and continue his Test career next season, Saracens are being considered as a potential option for him. 

Castres, a team in France’s Top 14 league, had previously been the favourite to sign Watson. However, if he moves across the Channel, his international career would be over following the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Furthermore, it has been reported by Telegraph Sport that Billy Vunipola, who was being pursued by clubs in Japan and France, is now expected to stay with Saracens for the 2023-4 season.

However, with a tighter salary cap in place in the Premiership, retaining both Watson and Vunipola, as well as the arrival of Tom Willis from Union Bordeaux Begles, will have implications for Saracens.

It is possible that as a result, veteran players such as Sean Maitland, Duncan Taylor, and Jackson Wray, who are beloved by the club, may depart this summer.

Anthony Watson of England during the England Rugby Training camp at the Honda England Rugby Performance Centre, Pennyhill Park on 30 Jan. 2023 Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK