"Integral" - 5 surprise players who could be named in Steve Borthwick's 55-man England squad - Ruck

“Integral” – 5 surprise players who could be named in Steve Borthwick’s 55-man England squad

England’s head coach, Steve Borthwick, has made it clear that he expects players who were not part of the Six Nations squad to prove themselves worthy of a place in his World Cup plans.

The team will begin their World Cup campaign in France against Argentina in Marseille on September 9th.

Below are some players who were not involved in the Six Nations but have the potential to strengthen England’s squad.


#1. Joe Launchbury – Harlequins

The 70-times-capped, 6ft5in and 126kg England lock returns to Harlequins this summer having originally joined the Harlequins Academy as a 15-year-old playing for affiliate clubs Worthing and Horsham, staying with Quins until the age of 18 when he moved to Wasps.

Earning his Premiership debut as a teenager, Launchbury was named the Premiership’s Young Player of the Year award for the 2012/13 season.

The 31-year-old went on to establish himself as one of the premier locks in the country, becoming one of the most capped second rows in English history and going on to be named Wasps’ Club captain.