Anthony, born in Ashford, Middlesex, was an early starter in the game at Effingham & Leatherhead RFC when five and from there he advanced into the England U16 and U18 sides as well as becoming vice-captain at his school, St George’s College in Weybridge, Anthony was also in St George’s Junior School U8 team that won the national title.
England Under 20s fullback Anthony Watson joined Bath Rugby in the summer of 2013. He made several appearances for his previous club London Irish during his 2 year stint at the club. Watson made a serious impact for the England u20s during the 6 Nations in 2013. He guided England to win both the U20 Six Nations title and the Junior World Championship, making six starts overall – four on the wing and two at full back – to add to the five games he played for the side in 2012.
At just 19 years of age Watson made numerous starts at the beginning of his new club career with Bath. In 2014, Watson was announced in the England squad for the 6 Nations but did not play. Made his test debut off the bench in November 2014 against the All Blacks.
He was named in the England squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, wore England's No. 14 jersey in all four pool games at RWC2015 scoring a try against Australia and two more against Uruguay.
Scored a try in Bath's European Challenge Cup final defeat to Northampton in Cardiff, May 2014 and started at full back in Bath's loss to Saracens in the 2015 Premiership final.
He started all five 6 Nations matches in 2015 and scored a second try in the win over France at Twickenham in the final round.
He appeared in all five 6 Nations games in the Grand Slam season (2016) and scored the last try of England’s 13 tries in the tournament against France by gathering a Ben Youngs’ grubber kick with deceptive ease and diving over at the corner.
Watson was included in his 1st British and Irish Lions tour in 2017 as one of 16 English players. At his time of selection, Watson has won 24 caps to date, and scored 12 tries – 11 of which have come in his last 16 outings.
In May 2017, Bath announced that Watson has agreed a long-term contract extension until at least 2019.
Watson started all three of the British and Irish Lions matches against New Zealand, he also took his England test tally to 28 in 2017.
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