“Huge stars miss out” – Steve Borthwick's England World Cup training squad predicted - Ruck

“Huge stars miss out” – Steve Borthwick’s England World Cup training squad predicted

The highly anticipated 2023 Rugby World Cup is just around the corner, and rugby enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting Steve Borthwick’s announcement of the England training squad for the tournament.

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Recent reports indicate that Borthwick has reached out to 70 potential England players, with plans to narrow down the group for final preparations leading up to a series of warm-up games scheduled for this summer.

England’s journey towards the World Cup begins with an exciting match against the reigning Six Nations Grand Slam champions, Ireland, in Dublin. Subsequently, they will face Wales in two consecutive home matches, setting the stage for intense competition and preparation.

The final test before the 2023 RWC will take place at Twickenham Stadium on August 26th, as England hosts Fiji, the Pacific Islanders known for their formidable presence on the field.


In anticipation of the imminent announcement of the training squad, RUCK has compiled a selection of their picks for the 55-man group.

These talented individuals will strive to reclaim the Webb Ellis Trophy and bring it back home to the hallowed grounds of Twickenham this autumn.


Ellis Genge of England during the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 11th March 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.
  1. Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears)

2. Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears)

4. Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks)

5. Jamie George (Saracens)

6. Val Rapava-Ruskin (Gloucester Rugby)

Val Rapava-Ruskin of Gloucester Rugby is tackled by John Afoa of Bristol Bears during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester Rugby and Bristol Bears at Kingsholm Stadium on December 3 2021 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

7. Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby)

8. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs / Montpellier)

9. Jack Walker (Harlequins)

10. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

11. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers)