We select our 23 man matchday squad when England face off against Fiji during the World Cup opener next week…

15.Mike Brown

England’s first choice full back has to start.

14.Anthony Watson

The most consistent of all the wing options.

13.Jonathan Joseph

Star of the Six Nations should keep his place.

12.Brad Barritt

His defensive abilities will be required against a physical Fijian side.

11.Jonny May

Can exploit gaps that will open up when Fiji counter.

10.George Ford

Has the ability to tear Fiji apart with his kicking and distribution.

9.Ben Youngs

Showed he can control a game really effectively against Ireland.


8.Ben Morgan

Offers the physical impact of Vunipola but with more of a rugby brain.

7.Chris Robshaw

As captain Robshaw should start without doubt.

6.Tom Wood

Showed he is back to his best with an impressive display against Ireland.

5.Courtney Lawes

Leads the line out, and is a key defensive lynchpin.

4.Joe Launchbury

Still slightly off the pace, but one of England’s best players so needs game time.

3.Dan Cole

Been slightly off form, but still one of the best tightheads around.

2.Jamie George

The set piece will be vital against Fiji and George shores up the scrum and line out.

1.Joe Marler

Has been the one constant in England’s front row of late.


16.Tom Youngs

Can come on and make a big impact in the final quarter.

17.Mako Vunipola

Like Youngs, has the ability to make an impact off the bench.

18.Kieran Brookes

Brookes offers slightly more than Wilson coming off the bench.

19.George Kruis

Again, Kruis provides more of an impact than Parling.

20.James Haskell

Can cover the whole back row.

21.Danny Care

Has the ability to open the game up as Fiji potentially tire.

22.Owen Farrell

Can come on and shore up the game if necessary.

23.Henry Slade

Has the ability to get the ball wide to exploit England’s pacey wingers.