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Back in 2015, Rugby World predicted the England team for the 2019 World Cup

Back in 2015, the Rugby World Magazine gazed into their crystal ball and lodged their prediction as to which promising youngsters would go on to make up the future England team at the 2019 Rugby World Cup…

The results? A good effort but a few head-scratchers. Indeed, a few players play regular for England but Matt Protheroe has struggled for fitness with Championship side Bristol, making his chance of a call-up unlikely.

Normally we wouldn’t be so sniffy about predictions as viewed in glorious 20-20 hindsight (Christ knows we’ve cocked up enough of our own over the years!) but it’s always funny to take a trip back in time…

Rugby World’s 2019 England XV:

Fullback: Matt Protheroe

Winger: Anthony Watson

Centre: Manu Tuilagi

Centre: Henry Slade

Winger: Jack Nowell

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