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Back in 2015, the Telegraph predicted the England team for the 2019 World Cup

Back in 2015, the Telegraph’s website gazed into their crystal ball and lodged their prediction as to which promising youngsters would go on to make up the future England team at the 2019 Rugby World Cup…

The results? A good effort but a few head-scratchers. Indeed, a few players play regular for England but one (Fraser) has retired from the game altogether.


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Normally we wouldn’t be so sniffy about predictions as viewed in glorious 20-20 hindsight (Christ knows we’ve cocked up enough of our own over the years!) but they left out Owen Farrell and it’s the Mail, so…y’know…sod ’em!

Telegraph’s 2019 England XV: Anthony Watson, Nathan Earle, Jonathan Joseph, Henry Slade, Jack Nowell, George Ford, Dan Robson; Joe Marler, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Paul Hill, Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje, Nathan Hughes, Will Fraser, Billy Vunipola

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