England team at the 2019 World Cup – Who will start in Japan

England team at the 2019 World Cup – Who will start in Japan?

12 Jonathan Joseph

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By the time 2019 comes around, Jonathan Joseph will be one of the most experienced players in the squad and will be probably at the peak of his powers. The 24-year old centre has immense power and can make an enormous impact on any game with his incredible acceleration.

Did you know: He won both ‘the Player’s Player of the Year’ and ‘England Player of the Year’ for his outstanding performances for both club and country during the 2014/15 season.

11 Jonny May

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Another experienced head we have included in our 2019 starting XV is Jonny May. The wing has only made 13 caps but with his natural finishing ability we think he may have one more World Cup in him, presuming he avoids any serious injuries.

Did you know: He studied at Hartpury College, where he was a member of Hartpury College R.F.C. in a team that included Alex Cuthbert on the opposite wing.

10 Henry Slade

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Although George Ford and Owen Farrell will both still be around in 2019, there could be a new star in the England No.10 shirt by then in Henry Slade. After a breakout season with Exeter Chiefs this year he scooped the LV= young player of the year award. He has also represented England at U18 and U20 level and has been compared to Toby Flood and Rory Clegg by England Academy Coach John Fletcher. Slade made his debut for England in a match against the Barbarians on 1 June 2014, kicking 15 points and putting in an impressive performance.

Did you know: Slade is the great nephew of former Portsmouth F.C. footballer Geoff Williamson.

9 Ben Youngs

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Ben Youngs has the potential to get 80 caps for England at scrum-half through his undoubted immense ability. He is the main playmaker of the England side and if he can continue to improve and develop his game he could still be playing a significant role in four years time.

Did you know: Former Tigers and England utility back Austin Healey referred to Youngs as a potential world-beater.