Eddie Jones has named a 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The competition begins on September 20 and will end on November 2, with England hoping to lift the trophy for the first time since their dramatic win back in 2003. Jones has made some shock inclusions and glaring omissions, so we’ve decided to take a look at all 31 players who have made the cut.
Bath wing Cokanasiga is the first man in the squad. He’s got five caps under his belt.
Versatile man Daly is also in. The 26-year-old has 31 caps to his name.
Farrell is the captain under Jones and was a certain inclusion in the squad.
Fellow fly-half Ford is also in. He’s been a regular under Jones since he took over.
Francis will act as cover to Farrell and Ford. He’s relatively inexperienced with just five caps.
Gloucester scrum-half Heinz made his first appearance for England against Wales on Sunday and has been named in the squad.
Bath centre Joseph also makes it. He has 41 international caps ton his name.
Exciting Leicester Tigers wing May could be a key member of Jones’ side with his pace and finishing skills.
The uncapped Bath wing is a surprise inclusion and will get his first taste of international rugby on the biggest stage.
Exeter Chiefs’ Nowell has been included despite a fitness concern.
Nowell’s Exeter teammate Slade also makes the cut. He’s turned out 22 times for his national side.
Leicester Tigers centre Tuilagi has been selected. The 28-year-old returned to the fold last November, making his first appearance in over two years.
Bath fullback Watson is also in. He was in the squad four years go and looks set to feature heavily once again.
Youngs is the joint most-capped member of the side alongside Dan Cole. He’s been to two World Cups with his country.
As mentioned, Cole will bring plenty of experience to Jones’ side, and he to has been to two previous major tournaments.
Exter Chiefs hooker Cowan-Dickie makes the squad after impressing over the past year. He has 12 caps to his name.
Flanker Curry makes the squad despite being forced off with an injury against Wales on Sunday.
Leicester Tigers prop Genge starred for Jones’ side against Wales on the weekend and gets his place in the squad as a result.
George represented England at the 2015 World Cup and will have the chance to do so again this year after earning a place in the squad.
Itoje has impressed with Saracens over the past 12 months and will get his first chance to represent England at a World Cup this year.
Similar to Itoje, Kruis has also excelled for Saracens in recent years and will now get the chance to test himself on the biggest stage.
Wasps lock Launchbury has 59 national caps and has been handed the chance to turn out for his country at another World Cup next month.
One of the older members of the squad, Lawes has been to two World Cups previously, earning 72 caps across a 10-year period.
Northampton flanker Ludlam is another shock inclusion from Jones. He earnt his first cap against Wales on Sunday.
Harlequins prop Marler has been a regular under Jones and was always going to make the squad.
Another Harlequins prop, Sinckler is less experienced than Marler but also gets the nod from head coach Jones.
Singleton, like Ludlam and Heinz, earnt his first cap on the weekend against Wales and has also done enough to make the squad.
Bath flanker Underhill has just nine caps for his country but has been handed a place in the 31-man squad.
One-half of the Vunipola brothers, Saracens’ number 8 Billy is the next man in the squad. He’s got 42 caps for his country after making his debut back in 2013.
Billy’s older brother Mako also makes the squad. The 28-year-old has 11 more caps than his sibling and was also included in the 2015 side.
The final man in the squad is Newcastle Falcons’ Wilson. The 29-year-old, who will spend next season on loan at Sale Sharks, has 13 caps to his name, all of which have come under the leadership of Jones.
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