Watson relishing Nadolo clash

Date published: September 13 2015

England wing Anthony Watson admits he cannot wait to take on the mighty Nemani Nadolo in their Rugby World Cup opener against Fiji next Friday.

The 21-year-old, who has impressed during the RWC warm-up fixtures, is likely to start on the right wing and go toe-to-toe with Nadolo at Twickenham.

And that is a prospect the electric Bath and England finisher is excited about.

"It is something I look forward to. That is part and parcel of why a lot of us play rugby – that physical confrontation," he told rugbyworldcup.com on Sunday.

"Trying to impose my game on a player like that will be a massive challenge and an opportunity I would look forward to and try to take with both hands."

Watson knows he has an opportunity to be a national hero at this World Cup and remembers how thrilled he was when England won the tournament in 2003, with fellow winger Jason Robinson one of his favourite players from that side.

"Of that team, I would say Jonny Wilkinson and Jason Robinson were the guys I really admired. Jonny, because of his work ethic, and Jason because of his ability to change the game pretty rapidly and because you expected something to happen every time he got the ball," he added.

"He changed the game so quickly with his footwork. He was borderline unstoppable."