sam burgess

After a disappointing loss to France in Paris, England need a strong performance against Ireland in their final World Cup warm up game. There are still a few areas of concern selection wise, but equally there need to be a few more players tested in certain roles, with that in mind here’s out side to face the Irish…

15. Mike Brown

Brown was solid at the back once more against France and now just needs some more game time to ensure he is fully match fit.

14. Anthony Watson

England’s first choice winger when available, it’s now important to see how he plays outside of Joseph at 13.

13. Jonathan Joseph

The star of the Six Nations, Joseph looks pretty assured of the 13 shirt, but needs to be tested outside Barritt.

12. Brad Barritt

Barritt needs some game time having missed the last two games, and also needs experience of playing with Joseph in the centres.

11. Jack Nowell

Nowell impressed against France so now needs some more game time to prove what he can do when England aren’t battered for the first 70 minutes.

10. Owen Farrell

This isn’t a case of dropping George Ford, just simply seeing how the backline performs with Owen Farrell pulling the strings.

9. Ben Youngs

Youngs looks fairly certain to start at nine, so needs some more game time to try and develop a relationship with Farrell.


8. Ben Morgan

After Billy Vunipola failed to impress against France, it will be important to get Morgan back to full match fitness.

7. Chris Robshaw

England’s captain needs game time to get fully match fit, and to test his on field leadership and decision making skills.

6. James Haskell

It’s a tough call between Haskell and Wood, but experience and a slightly better performance against France earns Haskell the shirt.

5. Geoff Parling

Again, this isn’t a case of dropping Courtney Lawes, but it will be interesting to see how Youngs performs at the line out with his club mate calling the shots.

4. Joe Launchbury

Launchbury looked short of match fitness so needs some more game time to prove he is ready for the World Cup.

3. Dan Cole

Cole struggled slightly in the scrum however he still looks like England’s best option at tighthead for the World Cup.

2. Tom Youngs

Youngs played well in the loose, but failed to hit his targets in the line out so needs more opportunities to practice this key area of the game.

1. Joe Marler

Marler was another who struggled slightly against France but still looks like the best option at loosehead for the time being.


16. Jamie George

In George, England have a decent option at the line out, however he now needs some more international experience.

17. Alex Corbisiero

It’s touch and go for Corbisiero at the moment, but he deserves one last chance to prove he is capable of making the final squad.

18. David Wilson

Wilson is clearly the next best option to Cole at tighthead so needs some more game time to get used to plays.

19. Courtney Lawes

Lawes can come on and make an impact, whilst also spending some more time re-establishing his partnership with Launchbury.

20. Nick Easter

Number 8 Easter impressed in his 20 minutes cameo against France so should have earned one final shot at selection.

21. Danny Care

Care represents England’s best game changer in the number nine shirt so is ideal coming on off the bench.

22. Danny Cipriani

Cipriani deserves at least one shot to show what he can do in the number 10 shirt so he can play either fly half or full back off the bench during the World Cup.

23. Sam Burgess

It would be interesting to see what Burgess can do when playing inside Joseph, and against a tough Irish midfield.