Watson backed for England spot

30 December 2017 22:17:36 GMTPlus11

Ex-England wing James Simpson-Daniel believes that Anthony Watson should be England's full-back in the Six Nations, replacing incumbent Mike Brown.

The 32-year-old has been Eddie Jones' preferred option for the Red Rose, becoming a stalwart under the Australian, but Watson has been in fine form for his club over recent weeks.

He shone for Bath against Toulon, scoring two tries against the three-time European champions, and is putting pressure on Brown.

Although Watson can also feature on the wing, and has done so regularly for his country, Simpson-Daniel insists that the former age-grade star may be better at full-back.

"I personally would definitely be playing Watson at full-back. He's shown that he's comfortable there, he's shown that he can put boot through ball when needed and I just think he's electric," he said.

"My dream back three would be him at full-back, (Semesa) Rokoduguni on one wing and (Jack) Nowell on the other wing.

"You've then got a balance. Nowell is so busy and he plays a bit like (Chris) Ashton and then you've got the lightning at the back with Watson, alongside the x-factor ability of Rokoduguni."

Simpson-Daniel raised eyebrows by preferring Nowell and Rokoduguni over former team-mate Jonny May on the wings, but the ex-Gloucester player believes that they are currently ahead of him in the pecking order.

He added: "It's tough isn't it? He's an ex-team-mate and he's been on fire, but I just personally feel that, gun to the head, I see those two lads ahead of him with maybe Jonny on the bench to come on if needed."

England areĀ 4.33 to win the 2018 Six Nations outright andĀ 3.00 to complete a Grand Slam.

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