"Key players" - 15 more players set to join England Rugby World Cup squad - Ruck

“Key players” – 15 more players set to join England Rugby World Cup squad

Players from Premiership finalist’s Saracens and Sale Sharks are due to be called up by England boss Steve Borthwick next week as he continues his preparation for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Commenting on the camps current atmosphere, Borthwick said: “Training has got to be tough, without question, but it has to be purposeful and I think this will challenge the players throughout, with clear purpose about what we are doing.

“I also think the best players enjoy that challenge. There are clearly things that you do on the grass and off the grass that there is enjoyment. 

“You should be giving players the time of their lives, preparing for something at the pinnacle of the sport. 

“I think it’s an incredibly exciting and enjoyable time and I want to make sure this preparation period has the detail right so these players are prepared really well, and the players improve and enjoy that in the process.”

Borthwick’s men face Wales twice, Ireland and Fiji in August before launching their World Cup campaign against Argentina in Marseille on September 9.

The final England squad of 33 players for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be announced on August 7.



#1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

#2. Jamie George (Saracens)

Jamie George of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Italy at Twickenham, London on 12 Feb 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

#3. Theo Dan (Saracens)

#4. Hugh Tizard (Saracens)

Hugh Tizard of Saracens after the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Saracens and Gloucester Rugby at Stonex Stadium on 24 September. Photo: Frankie OKeeffe/PPAUK

#5. Maro Itoje (Saracens)