England team to play Japan: Marcus Smith starts - Ruck

England team to play Japan: Marcus Smith starts

Steve Borthwick has named his England team to play Japan in the Lipovitan D Challenge Cup (kick-off 6.50am BST live on RugbyPass TV).

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Jamie George will captain England for the first ever official Test match between the two nations to be played in Japan.

Chandler Cunningham-South will make his first Test start for England in the back row. Amongst the replacements, Tom Roebuck will win his first England cap when he joins the action.

Chandler Cunningham-South of England during the England Captains Run at Twickenham Stadium, London on 9 February 2024 (Photo: George Beck/PPAUK)

Borthwick said:

“We’re looking forward to the challenge of playing Japan at their National Stadium.

“Conditions in Tokyo mean we’ll need to be accurate, keep our discipline, and maintain a level of intensity in our performance from the first whistle to the last.

“We will need to be at our very best against an opponent who will want to play fast.”

England team to play Japan:

15. George Furbank

14. Immanuel Feyi-Waboso

13. Henry Slade – vice-captain

12. Ollie Lawrence

11. Tommy Freeman

10. Marcus Smith

9. Alex Mitchell

1. Bevan Rodd

2. Jamie George – captain

3. Dan Cole

4. Maro Itoje – vice-captain

5. George Martin

6. Chandler Cunningham-South

7. Sam Underhill

8. Ben Earl – vice-captain


16. Theo Dan

17. Joe Marler – vice-captain

18. Will Stuart

19, Charlie Ewels

20. Tom Curry

21. Harry Randall

22. Fin Smith

23. Tom Roebuck

England Stars Partners:

Below, you will find a list of the players’ partners, along with additional information about each of them:

#1. Beth Dolling (Marcus Smith)

Beth Dolling, whose Instagram handle is @bethdolling, is presently romantically involved with Marcus Smith, the fly-half for Harlequins.

Their relationship began in 2019, but the details of their initial encounter remain undisclosed. Beth is not only a model but also a singer, having participated in various campaigns for renowned brands like PrettyLittleThing, Missy Empire, and Rebellious.

She is affiliated with M Models in Manchester and Body London, showcasing glimpses of her fashion shoots on her Instagram story.

With 34,000 followers on Instagram, Beth keeps her fans engaged with her captivating content.