England’s Anthony Watson will miss Six Nations opener against France

The England winger Anthony Watson has been ruled out for a period of three to four weeks by a hamstring problem.

The Bath player will miss the opening Six Nations match against France at Twickenham on Saturday but it is hoped he will be available to the head coach, Eddie Jones, later in the tournament.

A medical assessment confirmed that Watson has a slight muscular strain to his hamstring which will require a rehabilitation period of between three and four weeks.

Watson will remain with England for his rehabilitation and Jones said: “It’s disappointing news for Anthony and for England, but we know he’ll rehab diligently to get himself right to go as soon as he can. We’re confident he’ll be in the mix later in the championship.”

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