Eddie Jones has named a 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The competition begins on September 20th and will end on November 2nd, 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.
Joe Cokanasiga - Bath
Bath wing Cokanasiga is the first man in the squad. He’s got six caps under his belt.
Elliot Daly - Saracens
Versatile man Daly is also in. The 26-year-old has 31 caps to his name.
Owen Farrell - Saracens
Farrell is the captain under Jones and was a certain inclusion in the squad.
George Ford - Leicester Tigers
Fellow fly-half Ford is also in. He’s been a regular under Jones since he took over.
Piers Francis - Northampton Saints
Francis will act as cover to Farrell and Ford. He’s relatively inexperienced with just six caps to his name so far.
Willi Heinz - Gloucester
Gloucester scrum-half Heinz made his first appearance for England against Wales earlir this month and has been named in the squad with just two international games under his belt.
Jonathan Joseph - Bath
Bath centre Joseph also makes it. He has 42 international caps to his name and he is one of the dynamic players Jones is hoping will make a real impact in Japan.
Jonny May - Leicester Tigers
Exciting Leicester Tigers wing May could be a key member of Jones’ side with his pace and finishing skills. As one of the best finishers in the world, a lot rests of the shoulders of May.
Ruaridh McConnochie - Bath
The uncapped Bath wing is a surprise inclusion and he could get his first taste of international rugby on the biggest stage. McConnochie made his name as a sevens player, winning a silver medal for Team GB at the 2016 Olympics. Jones has taken a huge leap of faith by selecting the 27-year-old.
Jack Nowell - Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs’ Nowell has been included despite a fitness concern. The 31-year-old is expected to be fully fit by the time the tournament gets underway.
Henry Slade - Exeter Chiefs
Nowell’s Exeter teammate Slade also makes the cut. He’s turned out 22 times for his national side.
Manu Tuilagi - Leicester Tigers
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.
Anthony Watson - Bath
Bath fullback Watson is also in. He was in the squad four years go and looks set to feature heavily once again on the world’s biggest stage.
Ben Youngs - Leicester Tigers
Youngs is the joint most-capped member of the side alongside Dan Cole. He’s been to two World Cups with his country and his experience coud be vital.
Dan Cole - Leicester Tigers
As mentioned, Cole will bring plenty of experience to Jones’ side, and he too has been to two previous major tournaments.
Luke Cowan-Dickie - Exter Chiefs
Exter Chiefs hooker Cowan-Dickie makes the squad after impressing over the past year. He has 13 caps to his name.
Tom Curry - Sale Sharks
Flanker Tom Curry makes the squad despite being forced off with an injury against Wales earlier this year.
Ellis Genge - Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers prop Genge starred for Jones’ side against Wales in the first warm-up game and certified his place in the squad as a result.
Jamie George - Saracens
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.
Maro Itoje - Saracens
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. He’s arguably the team’s most important player.
George Kruis - Saracens
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.
Joe Launchbury - Wasps
Wasps lock Launchbury has 60 national caps and has been handed the chance to turn out for his country at another World Cup next month.
Courtney Lawes - Northampton Saints
One of the older members of the squad, Lawes has been to two World Cups previously, earning 73 caps across a 10-year period.
Lewis Ludlam - Northampton Saints
Northampton flanker Ludlam is another shock inclusion from Jones. He earned his first two caps in the warm up games against Wales.
Joe Marler - Harlequins
Harlequins prop Marler has been a regular under Jones and was always going to make the squad.
Kyle Sinckler - Harlequins
Another Harlequins prop, Sinckler is less experienced than Marler but also gets the nod from head coach Jones.
Jack Singleton - Saracens
Singleton, like Ludlam and Heinz, earnt his first caps in the warm-ups against Wales and has done enough to make the squad.
Sam Underhill - Bath
Bath flanker Underhill has just seven caps for his country but has been handed a place in the 31-man squad.
Billy Vunipola - Saracens
One-half of the Vunipola brothers, Saracens’ number eight Billy is the next man in the squad. He’s got 43 caps for his country after making his debut back in 2013 and England will be desparate for him to stay fit and healthy.
Mako Vunipola - Saracens
Billy’s older brother Mako also makes the squad. The 28-year-old has 14 more caps than his sibling and was also included in the 2015 side.
Mark Wilson - Newcastle Falcons
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.