With the 2015 World Cup just a matter of months away, here’s a look at how England’s team may look in five years time for the 2019 World Cup…
Watson now looks to have established himself for England and will be hoping to regularly tie down a place over the coming years where he can develop into their first choice full back.
Wade is currently struggling to make his way into international reckoning, however a player of his undoubted talents will sooner or later be playing at the top level.
This would be Tuilagi’s third World Cup and he would only be 28 years of age which is an astounding feat given he could easily go on to the World Cup in 2023 as well.
Slade already looks to have the potential to be an England regular, he now just needs to be given a regular run in the side as they build up to 2019 and beyond.
May only has a handful of caps to his name but has shown enough star quality in recent weeks to indicate that he could go on to be a key player for England over the next few years.
Ford looks likely to be England’s regular fly half for the foreseeable future after breaking into the England side and could be pivotal by the time the 2019 World Cup comes around.
It’s hard to believe that Youngs is still only 25. If he can get back to his best then there’s no doubting that he could be key for England in 2019.
Morgan came relatively late to the professional game, and at just 25 now should be heading into his prime by the time 2019 comes around – just look at Nick Easter this season.
Fraser looks bound to be an England regular should he manage to stay fit for sustained periods and could potentially be the man to replace Chris Robshaw as captain.
Hughes is actually of Fijian descent, however has shown a preference to play for England when he qualifies on residency grounds and would no doubt be an automatic pick.
Much like with Youngs it’s hard to believe Lawes is still only 25 given his breadth of international experience so there’s no doubt he would be a huge asset in 2019.
Launchbury has the potential to build one of the most potent second row partnerships alongside Lawes over the next few years and so will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Matfield and Botha.
Sinckler may not yet be the finished product, however he looks to have all the raw attributes necessary to succeed at the highest level.
Cowan-Dickie looks like an England star in waiting having already helped England to a U20’s World Cup. Over the next five years he’s likely to become much more prominent in the game.
By 2019 Marler will be one of England’s most experienced players and heading into his prime as a prop. His captaincy experience will no doubt stand him in good stead.
This team would represent a nice blend of youth and experience, whilst that back line has enough pace and guile to worry any defence in the world. There’s no doubt that in the next four and a half years a number of other players will breakthrough, however based on the current development of players this looks to be a decent team.