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Anthony Watson: Playing a World Cup in England is not an opportunity you get twice

One of England’s brightest prospects marked Bryan Habana on his Test debut and is dreaming of the World Cup final in October
Watson’s Test debut: England v New Zealand

This time last year I was still only 19, I was at a new club, trying to settle in and find form and that was as far ahead as I looked,” Anthony Watson says as he explains how his life has changed. Now, at the outset of a World Cup year in England, with Watson on the right-wing for the hosts while playing full-back for Bath, whose attacking game has seen them rise to second in the Premiership, his immediate target is to shunt aside any temptation to anticipate a glorious 2015.

“Of course you think about it,” Watson admits. “Playing a World Cup in your own country is not an opportunity you get twice in your life. So I would be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about it – but to get that opportunity I have to perform for Bath. That has to be my focus and what better place to play rugby? I love our style of rugby and coming into training doesn’t feel like a job. I’m just having fun with my mates and getting better at rugby.”

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