England World Cup squad standby list doesn't include Zach Mercer - Ruck

England World Cup squad standby list doesn’t include Zach Mercer

England will still be able to call upon their list of World Cup 2023 standby players once the tournament kicks off in early September.

England can still call upon their list of World Cup 2022 standby players during the tournament but will be hoping that such a situation does not arise.

All such injuries must be assessed by the World Rugby Medical Officer and a replacement can be called up from the list of standby players.

Obviously, prime candidates for the standby list will be the players still in camp before Steve Borthwick reduces his squad to 33 in two weeks time. Those players could include the likes of Danny Care and Jonny May.

Three players, who’ve already left the squad, have been instructed by Borthwick to keep themselves ready during the 2023 World Cup.

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#1. Bevan Rodd

A product of Sedbergh School and Sale Sharks’ academy, prop Bevan Rodd has been a regular at England age-grade rugby.

Despite being born in Scotland, he grew up on the Isle of Man and so was eligible to play for both England and Scotland. He has represented England at numerous levels including U16s, U18s and U20s. Glasgow-born Rodd made his debut for Sale in 2019 and had an immediate impact, becoming a regular starter for the Northern club at the age of 20.

Two years on from his professional debut against Northampton, he chose England as his International side and was called up by Eddie Jones for the summer Tests against USA and Canada. Rodd made his England debut in England’s 32-15 victory over the Wallabies in the 2021 autumn internationals. In 2023, he was included in Steve Borthwick’s 36-player squad for the Guinness Six Nations.

Try Celebrations for Bevan Rodd of Sale Sharks as he goes over for a try during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final Match between Saracens and Sale Sharks at Twickenham Stadium on 27 May 2023. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK