Anthony Watson ends talk of NFL switch in order to ‘maximise’ his rugby career

Anthony Watson ends talk of NFL switch in order to ‘maximise’ his rugby career

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 Anthony Watson has binned thoughts of switching from rugby to the NFL after losing a year of his career to injury  The England and Lions star declared an interest in playing American football long before Christian Wade quit rugby for the Buffalo Bills, scoring a touchdown on his debut  But 13 months out with a ruptured Achilles tendon has reminded him of what an opportunity he has with England and how he needs to make it count  “I love the NFL and did say previously that I’d love to give it a shot potentially,” said the Bath wing, who returned to action just in time to make Eddie Jones’ World Cup squad  “But after what I’ve been through this past year I realise I’ve got to maximise what I do in rugby  “There’s so many things I can learn from other sports, including NFL, in terms of footwork and stuff like that A lot of their skills are transferable.  “To make myself a better rugby player using the stuff they use, 100 per cent; but in terms of transitioning into those sports, no ”  Wade became an overnight sensation Stateside when running 65 yards for a touchdown on his first carry in his first ever game He followed that up with a 48-yard catch and run in his second outing.  In his latest appearance on Friday he helped the Bills complete their first ever unbeaten pre-season with five carries and three receptions in a 27-23 win over Minnesota  But the former Wasps wing – who learned last night he had still not done enough to make Buffalo’s 53-man squad for the regular season – did not give up an England career  Wade is 28 and won his solitary cap six years ago. Watson has 15 tries in 38 Tests and is a key member of Jones’ squad preparing in Treviso for next Friday’s game against Italy at Newcastle’s St James’ Park  “It’s brilliant to be back,” said the 25-year old, who missed 12 Tests and underwent two operations during his time out  “Did I ever think I wouldn’t make it? I tried not think like that. I knew I had to get back playing first for Bath so that was my focus The rest I hoped would then fall into place.”

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