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Watson extends Bath deal

England prospect Anthony Watson has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Aviva Premiership club Bath until 2017.

The 20-year-old toured New Zealand with England in the summer, and despite not winning a Test debut will still feature prominently in the race for Rugby World Cup 2015 selection.

Watson swapped London Irish for Bath last summer and has impressed at both wing and full-back for the Recreation Ground club.

Bath head coach Mike Ford believes Watson is still some way from realising his rich potential.

"Anthony is an incredible talent and we're obviously delighted he's staying with us," said Ford.

"I think what is most exciting for us as coaches is that he's still young and still has so much potential to get better.

"He has a real natural ability on the field and that will only become more finely tuned as he gets more experience.

"He's the kind of player that you want to watch, that will constantly baffle defences as they don't know what he's going to do next, and we're all looking forward to working with him and helping him progress in his career."

Watson is adamant his switch to Bath has been integral in his elevation to Stuart Lancaster's England Elite Player Squad.

"Last season was great for me in many ways, from getting regular first team rugby in a winning team, to being called up to tour with England this summer," said Watson.

"And I know that a large part of the reason I've managed to do all that is due to my move to Bath.

"The club has a fantastic commitment to developing young players and making them the best they can be."

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