Five uncapped players to make England’s provisional 55-man Rugby World Cup squad - Ruck

Five uncapped players to make England’s provisional 55-man Rugby World Cup squad

England coach Steve Borthwick is expected to announce his 55-man training group within the next few weeks in preparation for their four warm-up games. 

The Telegraph has tipped the following five uncapped players in his squad for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

#1. Tom Pearson (London Irish)

They wrote: “His chief strength is an uncanny ability to ride tackles on or behind the gain-line and eke out momentum. Doing this consistently and effectively for Bordeaux, in such a tough competition full of big men, has reinforced his value since the demise of Wasps. Saracens have made an exceptional signing for next season.”

RUCK OPINION:

The back-rower from London Irish has been in outstanding form for the Exiles this season, excelling in every aspect of the game.

Although Borthwick will have numerous choices in the back-row, Pearson’s ability to play in all three positions and his reliability in the lineouts make him a valuable asset.

Pearson is a tough defender, and he also performs well in the breakdown, averaging over one turnover per match in the Premiership.

Try celebrations for Tom Pearson of London Irish as he dives over to score during the Gallagher Premiership match between London Irish and Harlequins at The Gtech Community Stadium, London on 29 January 2023 (Photo: Danny Loo/PPAUK)

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