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Can you name name every England captain since 2003 World Cup triumph?

#10. Fin Smith (Northampton Saints)

Possessing remarkable talent, Smith has been diligently training with the Northampton Saints in preparation for the 2023/24 Premiership season. Having been initially summoned by Borthwick earlier this summer, he would be the immediate replacement in the event of injuries to Farrell, Ford, or Marcus Smith.

#9. Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)

Another player who should arguably be in the squad, Mitchell was one of the star performers during the 2022/23 Premiership season. Displaying an impressive equilibrium in his style of play, he would serve as the perfect replacement if Youngs, Care, or Van Poortvliet are ruled out.

Alex Mitchell of Northampton Saints during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Harlequins and Northampton Saints at Twickenham Stadium on 27 December 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

#1. Val Rapava-Ruskin (Gloucester)

n light of Mako Vunipola’s injury, the formidable prop of Georgian origin would emerge as the subsequent top choice for Borthwick in the loosehead prop position.

#2. Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons)

Although unfortunate to narrowly miss out in the direct competition for a spot against Saracens’ Theo Dan, the Falcons’ adept set-piece specialist stands poised for an immediate recall if any of the hookers were to sustain an injury.

Jamie Blamire of England during the Summer Nations Series Rugby match between Wales and England at Principality Stadium on August 5, 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

#3. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)

Heyes is another old lieutenant of Borthwick, positioning him as a clear contender for the England head coach should Cole, Sinckler, or Stuart encounter any injuries.