Date of birth
March 12, 2020
Place of birth
Watkins became one of the youngest players in history to play first grade rugby when he made his debut at the age of 16 for Leeds Rhinos in a Challenge Cup fixture. Watkins went on to play 256 games for Leeds, including a stint as captain, before crossing to the Australian NRL in 2019 to join the Gold Coast Titans.
The 29-year-old returned to the Super League in May 2020 when he signed for the Wolfpack during the COVID-19 season suspension. He has reunited with Wolfpack Head Coach Brian McDermott, who was his Head Coach at Leeds between 2011 and 2018.
During his time with the Rhinos, Watkins played in a remarkable six Super League Grand Finals, three Challenge Cup Grand Finals and one World Club Challenge Final. More often than not emerging on the winning side, Watkins has also represented England consistently since 2012. He has 48 points to his name in national colours and featured throughout the 2017 World Cup campaign, culminating with an appearance in the 2017 World Cup Final against Australia.