Ranking the Top 5 England Players Who Never Played in a Rugby World Cup - Ruck

Ranking the Top 5 England Players Who Never Played in a Rugby World Cup

With the 2023 Rugby World Cup fast approaching, every member of Steve Borthwick’s England squad will be setting their sights on making the cut for the squad for France.

England have two remaining matches in this year’s Six Nations, before four Rugby World Cup warm-up matches, to best prepare for international rugby’s pinnacle competition.

However, some England stars never made it to the Rugby World Cup, despite making appearances for their country.

Here are five of the best England players, to have never played at the Rugby World Cup.


Best England Players to NEVER play at the Rugby World Cup

  1. Danny Cipriani
Danny Cipriani of England during the Quilter Cup Match between England and Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on May 27. – PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Narrowly missing out on three Rugby World Cups, Danny Cipriani is one player who England fans believed should have had many more caps for his country.

16 appearances whilst wearing the Red Rose is not a bad international record, yet Cipriani was overlooked throughout his career. The versatile back missed the grade for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, even after spending the previous Summer in the England training camp.

Predominantly a fly half, but able to excel at full back, Cipriani was unable to surpass Jonny Wilkinson for the 10 jersey, yet was not given the opportunity to play at 15.

Cipriani’s England debut was surrounded with off-field controversy, as he was photographed leaving a nightclub just two days prior to the match. Injury halted his momentum to build towards the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and Cipriani subsequently missed out on the 2015 squad.

An unbelievable talent on the pitch, Cipriani’s off-field controversies certainly halted his international career.