"Borthwick's bolters" - 5 uncapped stars set to be named in England's World Cup training squad - Ruck

“Borthwick’s bolters” – 5 uncapped stars set to be named in England’s World Cup training squad

Steve Borthwick has announced that he will name a preliminary squad in preparation for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

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The unusually large squad will eventually have to be whittled down to 33 names by the head coachr but for now, plenty of players will be hopeful of making the long list.

While the usual England favourites will no doubt make the cut, several in-form and uncapped players are also set for a call-up.

#1. Matt Rogerson (London Irish)

The forward joined the Exiles from Jersey Reds ahead of the 18/19 season.

He made his Premiership debut for Irish in November 2019 against Wasps and has since been a regular in Declan Kidney’s side.

He made 26 appearances in all competitions in 2019/20, scoring twice in the Gallagher Premiership.

Rogerson was named the Club captain for the 2021/22 season, going on to lead the side to their first appearance in the Heineken Champions Cup for the first time in a decade after an eighth-placed finish in the Gallagher Premiership. 

That year, he made 193 successful tackles (23rd overall in the Premiership) and 380 attacking ruck arrivals (seventh overall in the Premiership). 

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Rogerson was also in the top five of ball carries (152) with the third-most carry metres into contact at the Club (681), with his 19 tackle breaks only bettered in the back-row by new signing Tom Pearson (26).

His 380 attacking ruck arrivals that term was only beaten by Rob Simmons (383) at London Irish. 

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