England name squad for 2023 Rugby World Cup

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Owen Farrell will captain an England squad showing a combination of youth and experience at the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

Owen Farrell will captain an England squad showing a combination of youth and experience at the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

The 33-man squad named by Steve Borthwick, made up of 19 forwards and 14 backs, includes three players with over 100 caps, with Farrell joined by Ben Youngs and Dan Cole. The latter pair, along with Courtney Lawes, are set to take part in their fourth World Cup.

At the other end of the scale, recent debutant Theo Dan is included in the squad while 20-year-old Henry Arundell, who has joined Racing 92 this summer, is the youngest player included.

Notable omissions include centre Henry Slade, who started four of England’s Guinness Six Nations matches in 2023, and Alex Dombrandt, who played in all five at No.8.

England head coach Steve Borthwick said: “Rugby World Cups involve unique challenges in terms of the demands on players, the need for squad flexibility and the limited number of squad places available.

“France 2023 is no different, but I am confident we have selected a squad of 33 that is well able to meet those challenges and leave us best placed to be at our most competitive in this exciting tournament.

“There have been a number of very difficult selection decisions to make, given the quality of our wider training squad. Some very good players have missed out on selection such has been the competition for places over the last eight weeks and more of preparation.

“As Saturday’s game in Cardiff proved, we have a series of demanding Test matches through August as we continue that preparation towards our opening Rugby World Cup pool game against an in-form Argentina side.”

On announcing his squad in early August, Borthwick added: “We believe that announcing the squad a little earlier than otherwise might have been the case, brings a clarity and certainty to the group, allowing the players as much time as possible to settle and develop as a squad.”

England face Wales (12 August), Ireland (19 August) and Fiji (26 August) in the Summer Nations Series before the Rugby World Cup starts.

England begin their Rugby World Cup campaign in France against Argentina in Marseille (Saturday 9 September, kick off 2000 BST) before playing Japan in Nice (Sunday 17 September, kick off 2000 BST), Chile in Lille (Saturday 23 September, kick off 1645 BST) and Samoa in Lille (Saturday 7 October, kick off 1645 BST).

England’s official 2023 Rugby World Cup squad

Forwards (19) Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps) Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 100 caps) Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 45 caps) Theo Dan (Saracens, 1 cap) Ben Earl (Saracens, 15 caps) Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 49 caps) Jamie George (Saracens, 77 caps) Maro Itoje (Saracens, 67 caps) Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 97 caps) Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 20 caps) Joe Marler (Harlequins, 79 caps) George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps) David Ribbans (Toulon, 6 caps) Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 3 caps) Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 62 caps) Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 26 caps) Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 68 caps) Jack Walker (Harlequins, 3 caps) Jack Willis (Toulouse, 10 caps)

Backs (14) Henry Arundell (Racing 92, 7 caps) Danny Care (Harlequins, 88 caps) Elliot Daly (Saracens, 57 caps) Owen Farrell (Saracens, 106 caps) George Ford (Sale Sharks, 82 caps) Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 11 caps) Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 19 caps) Joe Marchant (Stade Francais, 16 caps) Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 22 caps) Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 23 caps) Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 51 caps) Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 13 caps) Anthony Watson (unattached, 55 caps) Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 122 caps)

ENGLAND POOL GAMES Saturday 9 September, kick off 2000 BST – England v Argentina (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille) Sunday 17 September, kick off 2000 BST – England v Japan (Stade de Nice, Nice) Saturday 23 September, kick off 1645 BST – England v Chile (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille) Saturday 7 October, kick off 1645 BST – England v Samoa (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)