Wasps grant Marcus Watson permission to watch brother Anthony in World Cup final

Wasps have granted Marcus Watson permission to fly out to Japan to watch his brother Anthony play for England in the World Cup final this weekend.

The winger has started in the opening two Premiership matches for his club this season, but has been allowed to travel to see England face South Africa in Yokohama on Saturday.

Watson will miss out when Wasps welcome Bath to the Ricoh Arena on the same day.

Watson becomes the second player to be given permission to watch the final in Japan, after Sale Sharks allowed Ben Curry to miss their match in order to support twin brother Tom.

Curry was emboldened by a #GetBenToJapan social media campaign and Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond agreed to give him a few days off.

After the announcement, Wasps fly-half Lima Sopoaga launched his own social media attempt to help his teammate reach the final and it prevailed.

One player who will not be in Japan to support his sibling is Leicester Tigers forward Tom Youngs.

His brother Ben will play in the final, but Tom tweeted that he plans to stay in the country as Leicester face Gloucester on Saturday.

Watson, Curry and Youngs will all start as head coach Eddie Jones named an unchanged line-up for the final.