We take a look at the players who are unlucky to have missed out on England’s extended World cup squad, and put them into a XV…

15.Chris Pennell

Has played well whenever given the chance by England, and is arguable a better option than Alex Goode but has been hindered by a season in the Championship.

14.Semesa Rokoduguni

Seems to have been totally forgotten about after his debut against the All Blacks, can feel extremely hard done by on this front.

13.Sam Hill

Hill is probably not quite ready for full international recognition just yet, but has looked superior to several of those players called up.

12.Ollie Devoto

Has performed well for Bath this season and offers versatility. Given the absence of Tuilagi he could have been an option at 12.

11.Christian Wade

Questions will continue to be raised over his size and defence, but there’s not much more he can do about his performances at this stage.


10.Charlie Hodgson

Not exactly looking to the future here, but Hodgson has arguably been the second best English fly half in the Premiership this season.

9.Joe Simpson

There’s still a chance Simpson could find himself called up after he returns from injury, but he’s still unlucky to have missed out on the initial 50.

8.Thomas Waldrom

As the Premiership’s top try scorer, it’s hard to understand why Waldrom has been left out of the squad as there’s not much more he can do.

7.Tom Croft

Croft is another injured player who could seem himself called up after he has recovered from injury, but still strange he was left out.

6.Dave Ewers

Alongside Waldrom, Ewers can feel particularly hard done by given his fantastic form for Exeter in a season where they narrowly missed out on the top four.


5.Matt Garvey

The Bath lock has been sensational this year and must find himself wondering what more he can do for a call-up.

4.Graham Kitchener

Kitchener is another lock who has missed out primarily because of injury robbing him of game time for the majority of the season.

3.Henry Thomas

Injuries have hampered Thomas in the season run-in, but it’s hard to understand why he has been left out given his vastly improved form.

2.Jamie George

The Saracens hooker, was arguable the best player in his position this season and can’t be far off an England call-up at this stage.

1.Alex Waller

Waller has continued to ensure that Northampton Saints haven’t missed Alex Corbisiero too much this season.