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Watson and Wilson return ahead of Wales test

27th February 2020, 13:06 by Alex Jack

Anthony Watson and Mark Wilson have been called up to England's 25-man training squad ahead of their Six Nations clash with Wales.

A calf injury has seen Bath star Watson miss the first three matches of the competition, with England beating Scotland and Ireland after an opening-round defeat to France.

Sale Sharks' loan flanker has worked his way back to match fitness after knee surgery and has done enough to return to the England squad, as they prepare to host Wales at Twickenham a week on Saturday.

England assistant coach Steve Borthwick says the 30-year-old Wilson has worked hard to get himself back in the England frame and feels the back-rower is deserving of the call-up.

"He's got a great attitude and great professionalism," Borthwick said. "All his team-mates have immense respect for him and I have immense respect for him.

"He looks in good shape and we will have a good look at him over the next couple of days."

England squad

Forwards: Curry, Dunn, Ewels, Genge, George, Itoje, Kruis, Launchbury, Lawes, Ludlam, Marler, Sinckler, Underhill, Williams, Wilson.

Backs: Daly, Farrell, Ford, Heinz, Joseph, May, Slade, Tuilagi, Watson, Youngs.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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