Anthony Watson lets rip over critics of England rugby players taking a knee

Anthony Watson has blasted critics of England players taking a knee in support of the Rugby Against Racism campaign.

The Bath star was one of a number of players to kneel before last week’s Six Nations home loss to Scotland.

He later received abuse on social media with one ‘fan’ saying: “As an Englishman it is sad for me to say that I care not who my Rugby Union team are playing next, if some of them are starting the match from a kneeling position.”

Watson raged: “Everyone wants athletes to have opinions and express themselves. Then when they do, a lot of people are shot in the foot for it or even more serious things can come from it.

“Not everyone who is kneeling is directly associated with the Black Lives Matter organisation because some of their views, in my opinion, are extreme.

“But kneeling to raise awareness of social injustice, I think is still massively important. So to see people on social media trying to discredit its importance… I can’t let that slide.”

Scotland players faced criticism for NOT taking the knee after all but four remained standing.

But boss Gregor Townsend said that was because nobody had told them of England’s plans so they stood as before previous games.

“It’s what rugby has chosen to do and we’ll follow that,” he said.

England centre Jonathan Joseph has been given a two-week ban for breaking the Government’s lockdown laws.

Joseph was punished along with clubmate Elliot Stooke and Wasps’ Gabriel Oghre, who were each suspended for three weeks.

Two of the players visited the third, breaking Covid rules related to mixing of multiple households. All three accepted the charge.

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