Anthony Watson Says England Must Play Without Fear of Injury Against Italy

Anthony Watson has featured in the past two England internationals

Anthony Watson insists England will play without fear of sustaining an injury in their final World Cup warm-up Test against Italy on Friday.

The Bath full-back, who only returned from a serious Achilles injury in April following a 13 month lay-off, says his team-mates must not drop their standards at St James' Park in their final Quilter International.

Eddie Jones' side head out to Japan on Sunday aiming to land a first World Cup since Jonny Wilkinson's last-minute drop-kick secured a historic triumph in 2003.

"You can't worry about it and I'm not worried about it," said Watson on the possibility of picking up an injury against Italy.

"As soon as you start going into contact at 85 per cent and start worrying about making sure you get on the plane on Sunday, you won't play as well as you can and you'd probably get injured anyway."

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