Aviva Premiership

England duo Joseph and Watson commit to Bath

England duo Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson have signed new contracts with Bath to keep them at the Premiership club until at least 2019.

Centre Joseph and wing Watson arrived at The Rec in 2013 and have since established themselves as key players for club and country.

Joseph was the leading try-scorer in the 2015-16 Six Nations, while Watson has scored 12 tries in 24 matches for his country – including 11 in his last 16.

Both players are looking forward to pushing for honours under new Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder.

"I'm happy to be staying at Bath," said Joseph. "My game has really progressed during my three years here and I definitely feel as though I've matured as a player, so I'm looking forward to progressing further over the coming years. 

"There's a positive vibe around the club and within the squad for the upcoming season and we've just had a productive camp in Portugal.

We're all excited about the season ahead of us – we're going to have a really strong coaching unit with Todd Blackadder and Tabai Matson joining Toby Booth and Darren Edwards, so as players we're ready to get going."

Watson said: "It was a very easy decision for me to extend my time at Bath,

"I'm really settled here, but know at the same time that it's the perfect environment for me to keep developing and adding to my skills and my game. 

"I'm looking forward to learning from Todd and Tabai when they arrive – they have so much experience of Southern Hemisphere rugby between them, and combining that with Toby and Darren's Northern Hemisphere experience will give me a great opportunity to add to my game. 

"As a squad, we can't wait to get the season underway and build on the foundations we've laid over the last couple of seasons."