George Ford - England v New Zealand

We take a look at how England’s 31-man Rugby World Cup squad may look when the tournament begins in September…


With Dylan Harlet suspended both Youngs and Webber go due to experience, whilst George pips Cowan-Dickie for the back-up role.

1.Tom Youngs

2.Rob Webber

3.Jamie George


There is an argument for Corbisiero in here, whilst Brookes goes due to his versatility, other than that there are no great surprises.

4.Joe Marler

5.Mako Vunipola

6.Dan Cole

7.David Wilson

8.Kieran Brookes


Lawes and Launchbury are likely to start, whilst Attwood and Parling provide enough difference to compliment one another as back ups.

9.Courtney Lawes

10.Joe Launchbury

11.Geoff Parling

12.Dave Attwood


Back Row

There’s a good mix to the back row with all three flankers able to cover six or seven, whilst Morgan and Vunipola can interchange.

13.Chris Robshaw

14.Tom Wood

15.James Haskell

16.Billy Vunipola

17.Ben Morhan

Scrum Half

Youngs look likely to start whislt Care and Wigglesworth both offer points of difference depending on the opposition.

18.Ben Youngs

19.Richard Wigglesworth

20.Danny Care

Fly Half

The two regulars for England at 10 over the last couple of years will battle it out, with cover coming from Slade and Goode.

21.George Ford

22.Owen Farrell



Barritt provides defensive solidity, whilst Joseph offers flair. Burrell can cover either 12 or 13 whilst Slade is a great utility player to have around.

23.Brad Barritt

24.Luther Burrell

25.Jonathan Joseph

26.Henry Slade

Back Three

The majority of the players here can cover either full back or wing, whilst Ashton is included over others due to his prior World Cup experience.

27.Anthony Watson

28.Jack Nowell

29.Chris Ashton

30.Mike Brown

31.Alex Goode