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BREAKING: England’s Courtney Lawes ‘absent’ ahead of World Cup opener

40. Jordie Barrett (New Zealand)

39. Richie Mo’unga (New Zealand)

38. Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa)

37. Emmanuel Meafou (Uncapped)

36. Finn Russell (Scotland)

35. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

34. Josua Tuisova (Fiji)

33. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (New Zealand)

32. Jack Willis (England)

They Wrote: “A lurching rollercoaster of a year has brought Willis to this juncture, where he is the highest-ranked England player on our list. That does not guarantee him a spot in Steve Borthwick’s starting side, of course. Just last autumn, following the demise of Wasps, Willis was battling for a spot in the 23. Moving to Toulouse, where he was integral to a title run, looks to have sharpened his link play to complement elite jackalling skills.”

31. Aaron Smith (New Zealand)

30. Scott Barrett (New Zealand)

29. Marcos Kremer (Argentina)

28. Willie le Roux (South Africa)

27. Romain Ntamack (France)

26. Josh van der Flier (Ireland)

25. Frans Malherbe (South Africa)

24. Pablo Matera (Argentina)

23. Julián Montoya (Argentina)

22. Gaël Fickou (France)

21. Garry Ringrose (Ireland)