Eddie Jones Names 31 Man Squad for Rugby World Cup

Eddie Jones Names 31 Man Squad for Rugby World Cup
Oliver S
Oliver S
September 10, 2019

England are joint second favourites for this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan and they will be determined to do much better than their pool stage exit as hosts back in 2015. Since that disappointing exit, Eddie Jones went on a run of 17 straight wins which included a first Six Nations Grand Slam in 13 years.

They have struggled since then however, they starting well in the Six Nations this year however that was ended after a defeat to Wales and recorded a poor draw in the final game against Scotland.

England World Cup squad

Player Position Caps Age Club
Luke Cowan-Dickie Hooker 15 26 Exeter Chiefs
Jamie George Hooker 39 28 Saracens
Jack Singleton Hooker 2 23 Saracens
Dan Cole Prop 89 32 Leicester Tigers
Ellis Genge Prop 12 24 Leicester Tigers
Joe Marier Prop 62 29 Harlequins
Kyle Sinckler Prop 24 26 Harlequins
Mako Vunipola Prop 57 28 Saracens
Maro Itoje Lock 30 24 Saracens
George Kruis Lock 35 29 Saracens
Joe Launchbury Lock 61 28 Wasps
Courtney Lawes Lock 75 30 Northampton Saints
Tom Curry Back Row 13 21 Sale Sharks
Lewis Ludlam Back Row 2 23 Northampton Saints
Sam Underhill Back Row 8 23 Bath
Billy Vunipola Back Row 45 26 Saracens
Mark Wilson Back Row 15 29 Sale Sharks
Willi Heinz Scrum Half 4 32 Gloucester
Ben Youngs Scrum Half 89 30 Leicester Tigers
George Ford Fly Half 59 26 Leicester Tigers
Owen Farrell (c) Fly Half 73 27 Saracens
Piers Francis Centre 8 29 Northampton Saints
Jonathan Joseph Centre 42 28 Bath
Henry Slade Centre 22 26 Exeter Chiefs
Manu Tuilagi Centre 35 28 Leicester Tigers
Joe Cokanasiga Wing 8 21 Bath
Jonny May Wing 47 29 Leicester Tigers
Ruarish McConnock Wing 1 27 Bath
Jack Nowell Wing 31 26 Exeter Chiefs
Elliot Daly Fullback 34 26 Saracens
Anthony Watson Fullback 39 25 Bath

 

This England squad head to Japan with plenty of doubt and question marks over their heads. They have shown they are capable of pulling off world class performances however they have also shown themselves to be prone to below par performances against weaker sides.

England’s pool looks fairly straight forward, they have won 18 of their 23 meetings against Argentina and that should be a game they will cruise to victory. France will be the trickier side in the pool however they have won 58 of the 105 meetings between the sides however France have won 2 of the 3 meetings at a neutral venue. It’s a meeting that England have dominated in recent years, coming out on top in 7 of the last 10.

Tonga is another poor team in the group and come into this tournament in poor form. They were comprehensively thrashed 92-7 against New Zealand last week whilst also losing to far weaker sides in Japan and Samoa in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup.

Last up is the USA, they have worked hard since their appaling campaign in Wales in 2015 and launched Major League Rugby which saw domestic professional rugby return. They have focused more on the Sevens however and that could be detrimental to the Test team. They are fairly unexposed against top tier teams and two heavy defeats to Ireland show they aren’t yet ready to challenge the big sides.

Progression from the group looks almost a formality for England however topping the group does mean they will likely clash with New Zealand, the favourites for the tournament and that’s a match that will not be easy to predict.

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