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Published: 12:50 | 13/8/19

England name final RWC squad


England have named their final 31-man World Cup squad almost a full month ahead of the September 8th deadline.

England head coach Eddie Jones has sprung something of a surprise by naming his final World Cup squad with more than five weeks to go before the competition begins on September 20th.

After leaving in-form Danny Cipriani out of his initial panel, Jones has continued to surprise with the inclusion of Northampton flanker Lewis Ludlam and uncapped Bath wing Ruaridh McConnochie. 

Gloucester scrum-half Willi Heinz who made his international debut against Wales at the weekend is also included.

But there is no place for Ben Te'o who has been left out following an alleged off-field bust-up at a training camp in Italy, with versatile back Piers Francis replacing him.

"We have taken the decision to go early because of what we learned from previous campaigns," Jones said.

"We want the squad to know early and now we can get on and be the best prepared England side there has ever been, ready to win the World Cup."

England World Cup squad

Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester, 86 caps), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter, 12), Tom Curry (Sale, 11), Ellis Genge (Leicester, 10), Jamie George (Saracens, 37), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27), George Kruis (Saracens, 32), Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 59), Courtney Lawes (Northampton, 72), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton, 1), Joe Marler (Harlequins, 58), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22), Jack Singleton (Saracens, 1), Sam Underhill (Bath, 9), Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 42), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53), Mark Wilson (Newcastle/Sale, 13).

Backs: Joe Cokanasiga (Bath, 5), Elliot Daly (Saracens, 31), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70), George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 56), Piers Francis (Northampton, 5), Willi Heinz (Gloucester, 1), Jonathan Joseph (Bath, 41), Jonny May (Leicester, 45), Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath, uncapped), Jack Nowell (Exeter, 33), Henry Slade (Exeter, 22), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester, 33), Anthony Watson (Bath, 34), Ben Youngs (Leicester, 86).

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