The FOUR teams England could field internationally

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English rugby is on a high following a strong World Cup campaign that saw them lose out to South Africa in the final. Looking at the England squad Eddie Jones has assembled it’s not just the first XV that stands out, but England’s depth. 

Robert Rees takes a look at the four impressive sides that England could field in a test match, and still look pretty handy.

First XV

The side that Eddie Jones would select if his players were all fully fit and he had to play the World Cup final again.

  1. Mako Vunipola
  2. Jamie George
  3. Kyle Sinckler
  4. Maro Itoje
  5. Courtney Lawes
  6. Tom Curry
  7. Sam Underhill
  8. Billy Vunipola
  9. Ben Youngs
  10. Owen Farrell
  11. Jonny May
  12. Manu Tuilagi
  13. Henry Slade
  14. Anthony Watson
  15. Elliot Daly

A hugely formidable side that could, and has taken on the best teams in the world and grabbed results.

Plenty of young guns rising up!

There are a few fringe players within this team, who have bounced between Eddie Jones’ starting XV and the England bench.

  1. Joe Marler
  2. Luke Cowan-Dickie
  3. Will Stuart
  4. Joe Launchbury
  5. Georgie Kruis
  6. Lewis Ludlam
  7. Ben Earl
  8. Nathan Hughes
  9. Willi Heinz
  10. George Ford
  11. Jack Nowell
  12. Ollie Devoto
  13. Jonathon Joseph
  14. Joe Cokanasiga
  15. George Furbank

Third group full of favourites

Some are capped and well established within the England setup, but others are yet to fully break on to the canvass at Twickenham. Their time will indeed come though!

  1. Ellis Genge
  2. Tom Dunn
  3. Dan Cole
  4. Charlie Ewels
  5. Alex Moon
  6. Mark Wilson
  7. Jack Willis
  8. Sam Simmonds
  9. Ben Spencer
  10. Jacob Umaga
  11. Ollie Thorley
  12. Mark Atkinson
  13. Joe Marchant
  14. Chris Ashton
  15. Alex Goode

Premiership select XV

A team that would be a dream Gallagher Premiership XV of any fan!

  1. Ben Moon
  2. Jack Singleton
  3. Harry Williams
  4. Elliott Stooke
  5. Nick Isiekwe
  6. Brad Shields
  7. Ben Curry
  8. Alex Dombrandt
  9. Dan Robson
  10. Marcus Smith
  11. Gabriel Ibitoye
  12. Alex Lozowski
  13. Fraser Dingwall
  14. Denny Solomona
  15. Simon Hammersley

Alongside these four remarkable teams there are a smattering of players who would also slot quite nicely into the England side.

  • Danny Cipriani
  • Joe Simmonds
  • Ted Hill
  • Piers O’Conor
  • Danny Care
  • Chris Robshaw
  • Zach Mercer
  • Don Armand
  • Piers Francis
  • Alex Mitchell
  • Harry Mallinder
  • Teimana Harrison
  • Tom Wood

 

“Main photo credit”

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England’s captain Owen Farrel walks celebrates onto the pitch next to his team mate George Ford following victory during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand, (Photo by David Ramos – World Rugby via Getty Images)

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