England wing Anthony Watson agrees new deal with Leicester Tigers

Anthony Watson has played 55 Tests for England
Anthony Watson has played 55 Tests for England

Leicester Tigers have announced that England winger Anthony Watson has agreed a new deal with the Gallagher Premiership club.

Watson made his professional rugby debut with London Irish in 2011 and moved to Bath Rugby in 2013. Having racked up over 100 appearances for Bath, the 29-year-old switched to Leicester Tigers in 2022 and made 16 appearances and scored six tries in his debut season for the club.

The 29-year-old missed the recently concluded World Cup with a calf injury but has 55 Test caps for his national team including appearances in the 2015 and 2019 showpiece events. He also represented British and Irish Lions in five games that came in the 2017 and 2021 tours of New Zealand and South Africa respectively.

“Really happy to get the deal over the line and restart my journey with Tigers," he told the club's official website.

“I really enjoyed being part of the Tigers last year, the squad, staff and fans were class.

“Ultimately, I came to join a great squad and win things and my goal hasn’t changed. I want to contribute to the success of the squad and organisation as much as possible.

"I’m excited for the year to come with this squad and with the new coaching staff.”

Leicester Tigers head coach Dan McKellar is excited about Watson staying committed to the club.

“To secure a player of Anthony’s quality and experience on a new deal is fantastic news and I am certain our supporters are as pleased as we are with the announcement.”

“He has played the game at the highest levels for a number of years and, after only one season at Leicester Tigers, has shown what a great asset he is, and his skill set certainly suits our game and where we want to take it.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Anthony back into the group in December.”