Watson hails England squad depth ahead of tour

  • Watson scored 10th try in last 12 games on Sunday
  • England head to Australia for the three-match tour 

England wing Anthony Watson has hailed the strength in depth of the squad after their 27-13 victory over Wales in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup.

Watson also says the squad, who are now unbeaten in all six games under Head Coach Eddie Jones, are full of confidence heading into their three-match series against Australia.

England took on Wales missing several players who were involved in the Premiership final the day before including second-row pair George Kruis and Maro Itoje.

“I think it speaks volumes of the strength of English rugby,” said Watson. “The strength in depth is outstanding, especially in the second row with the likes of Courtney and Joe Launchbury - who played unbelievably well today.

“Maro and George have set the standard all season and are probably the two in-form locks in world rugby. It’s great for English rugby.”

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME

The Bath wing scored his 10th international try in his last 12 games, showing incredible speed, strength and athleticism to touch down in the corner.

“I don’t know how it happened, I was in the right place at the right time,” he said. “I’m delighted to get over the whitewash but the most important thing was getting the win today."

England head to Australia for a three-Test tour and Watson says the squad are aware of the enormity of the challenge in front of them.

'WE'RE CONFIDENT'

However the 22-year-old is confident of going ‘down under’ and recording a series victory - which would be the first in the history of English rugby.

“It’s going to be a huge test, we are under no illusions about how tough it is going to be and all of our focus is on that first test in Brisbane now," he said.

"It’s going to be a huge challenge for us but come that first whistle we’ll be 100% prepared.

“We showed great courage to come back from 10 points down and hopefully we can sort out that first 20 minutes because if we give a southern hemisphere team a lead like that it is going to be very tough to bounce back from. That’s definitely an area we need to shore up.

“We’re confident going into the game, it’s about getting our preparations right and making sure we leave nothing on the field. It’s going to be a great series.”

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