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

Back in 2015, the Rugby World Magazine 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 Matt Protheroe has struggled for fitness with Championship side Bristol, making his chance of a call-up unlikely.

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 it’s always funny to take a trip back in time…

Telegraph’s 2019 England XV: Matt Protheroe, Anthony Watson, Manu Tuilagi, Henry Slade, Jack Nowell, George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Jamie George, Paul Hill, Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje (Captain), Dave Ewers, Jack Clifford, Billy Vunipola

Read the full article, which includes their full 23, HERE!

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