We think this is the 31 man England squad Stuart Lancaster should select for the World Cup based on the current form of players…

1.Joe Marler

England’s first choice loosehead based on recent form.

2.Matt Mullan

Easily the stand-out back up option based on this seasons performances.

3.Tom Youngs

The form hooker in the Premiership over the last few months.

4.Dylan Hartley

Solid in the line-out and one of England’s most experienced players.

5.Ross Batty

Should ease out Rob Webber for the third choice shirt based on form.

6.Dan Cole

England’s best tighthead when fully fit.

7.David Wilson

Needs to prove his fitness, but a quality back-up option.

8.Kieran Brookes

The only prop who can play both sides of the scrum.

9.Joe Launchbury

Quite possible England’s best player when fully fit.

10.Courtney Lawes

Forms a formidable partnership with Launchbury in the engine room.


11.Matt Garvey

Has been in great form for Bath this season and can cover six.

12.Maro Itoje

Another player who can cover both second row and six, has had a great couple of months.

13.James Haskell

Been a bit off form recently, but still England’s best six.

14.Sam Burgess/Steffon Armitage

A toss up depending on whether the exceptional circumstances rule is invoked.

15.Chris Robshaw

England’s captain and leader – an automatic pick.

16.Billy Vunipola

Has dramatically improved since the turn of the year.

17.Ben Morgan

Needs to prove his fitness, but England’s best eight before injury.

18.Ben Youngs

One of England’s star players during the Six Nations.

19.Joe Simpson

The form scrum-half in the Premiership, just needs to regain fitness after injury.

20.Richard Wigglesworth

Provides an alternative option for England off the bench.


21.George Ford

England’s form fly half.

22.Danny Cipriani

The second best English fly-half this season.

23.Henry Slade

Can cover 10, 12 and 13 – has shown great form this season.

24.Jonathan Joseph

Arguably the stand-out player of this years Six Nations.

25.Brad Barritt

With Tuilagi likely to miss the World Cup, Barritt’s solid defence could be key.

26.Elliott Daly

Has been sensational for Wasps and can cover most positions in the back line.

27.Anthony Watson

One of England’s most exciting players and a genuine game changer.

28.Jack Nowell

Showed enough during the Six Nations to suggest he has really stepped up this season.

29.Christian Wade

Maybe not a starter, but provides a constant threat out wide.

30.Mike Brown

England’s starting full back if fully fit.

31.Chris Pennell/Nick Abendanon

England’s two form full backs, selection dependant on exceptional circumstances rule.