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Anthony Watson facing decision at Bath … while Worcester are given an early Christmas present

THE GAIN LINE: Anthony Watson facing decision day over Bath future… while Ollie Lawrence and Ted Hill give Worcester an early Christmas present

  •  Johann van Graan eager to maintain maintain of Bath star Anthony Watson subsequent season
  •  Nathan Hughes anticipated to depart Bristol after failing to agree a brand new deal
  •  Ollie Lawrence and Ted Hill nonetheless will stay with Worcester Warriors

One of Johann van Graan’s priorities at Bath is to make sure that Anthony Watson doesn’t activate an exit clause at the top of the season.

Although he doesn’t begin work at the Rec till subsequent summer season, the coach is already in touch with director of rugby Stuart Hooper about recruitment and retention.

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The switch market has loosened up following George Ford and Ellis Genge’s departure from Leicester, with Exeter lock Jonny Hill additionally near asserting a transfer to Sale.

Johann van Graan is eager for Anthony Watson to stay with Bath for the upcoming marketing campaign

Gain Line understands Watson is leaning in direction of staying, regardless of curiosity domestically and overseas. Van Graan’s recruitment drive will give attention to discovering an skilled No 10 to work alongside promising fly-half Orlando Bailey, with Danny Cipriani out of contract at the top of the season.

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Newcastle scrum-half Louis Schreuder is known to be in talks with the membership, having beforehand performed beneath Van Graan within the Springboks set-up.

Hughes on Scarletts radar

Leicester Tigers have made enquiries about signing Scarlets midfielder Steff Hughes. Head coach Steve Borthwick is out there for a ball-playing centre to work exterior Handre Pollard. Hughes has captained the Scarlets and has additionally stuffed in at fly-half.

Clubs placed on Covid alert for Christmas

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Premiership golf equipment have been ordered to tighten up their Covid protocols in a bid to avoid wasting the Christmas fixtures.

The newest spherical of testing revealed a report variety of circumstances, with 47 gamers and 7 members of workers returning constructive outcomes throughout the league.

Harlequins are set to face Northampton Saints in a blockbuster encounter over Christmas

Harlequins are set to face Northampton Saints in a blockbuster encounter over Christmas

With a busy spherical of festive fixtures forward, together with Harlequins’ multi-million-pound ‘Big Game’ towards Northampton Saints at Twickenham, the Professional Game Board have circulated a listing of further security measures.

These embrace elevated testing, use of face coverings at all instances indoors, minimising indoor conferences and enhanced social distancing and air flow. 

Hughes heading for Bristol exit door

Nathan Hughes may change into a sufferer of the wage cap squeeze, with the Bristol No 8 but to agree a brand new contract with the membership. Hughes is prone to depart Bristol, who’ve began refreshing their squad with the signing of Ellis Genge.

Nathan Hughes could leave Bristol at the end of the season following the arrival of Ellis Genge

Nathan Hughes may depart Bristol at the top of the season following the arrival of Ellis Genge

Joe props up Met 

Student prop Joe Cowell turned down the chance to play for Cardiff towards Harlequins yesterday as a result of he didn’t need to miss the town’s universities derby match.

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Cowell, 19, made his skilled debut within the defeat by Toulouse however instructed the administration final week that his intention was to play for Cardiff Met towards Cardiff Uni on Wednesday.

He helped his staff to a 27-26 win and ended up being travelling reserve at The Stoop yesterday.

 Lawrence and Hill to stay with Worcester

England rookies Ollie Lawrence and Ted Hill have instructed the relieved Worcester hierarchy that they’ll keep at Sixways subsequent season. Both gamers have exit clauses of their contracts and had been linked with strikes away from the West Midlands.

England rookie Ollie Lawrence  has told the Worcester hierarchy he will stay next season

England rookie Ollie Lawrence  has instructed the Worcester hierarchy he’ll keep subsequent season

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