Leicester Tigers in pole position to sign Anthony Watson this summer

Leicester Tigers are in pole position to sign England star Anthony Watson this summer with Bath back set to leave the Rec – but Jonathan Joseph will stay after rejecting Toulon’s advances

  • Bath and England star Anthony Watson has a host of suitors wanting to sign him
  • Leicester lead the queue ahead of his former club London Irish, Wasps and Sale
  • Jonathan Joseph is expected to sign a two-year extension to remain at Bath

Leicester are the frontrunners to sign England wing Anthony Watson from Bath, but the West Country club are keeping hold of Jonathan Joseph – who was a target for wealthy Toulon.

The 28-year-old Watson is recovering from a serious knee injury sustained in October, but the prolific Lion has been considering his next career move during the rehab process.

He has been linked to former club London Irish, Wasps and Sale, but the Tigers are regarded as favourites to sign him. Sale announced yesterday that they are bringing in another wing, Exeter’s Tom O’Flaherty, at the end of this season.

Leicester Tigers are leasing the race to sign Bath star Anthony Watson (pictured last season)

The 28-year-old is currently recovering from a serious knee injury sustained in October

Joseph made the last of his 54 Test appearances for England in 2020, but Toulon were keen to lure the 30-year-old to the south of France. However, Bath have persuaded him to stay, reportedly for another two seasons. 

They were linked with a move for Springbok centre Damian de Allende from Munster, but the World Cup winner is destined to head to Japan instead.

Sale have been docked five Premiership Cup points for fielding an ineligible player, Alex Groves, who had already represented Bristol in the competition this season.

Premiership Rugby have asked Sports Resolutions UK to adjudicate on the outcome of the cancelled Gloucester vs Worcester game at Kingsholm last Friday. 

The fixture was called off at short notice due to a shortage of available front-row players in the Worcester squad following a Covid outbreak.

Centre Jonathan Joseph (left) is set to stay at Bath though – likely signing a new two-year deal

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