"Said no thanks" - 5 players you completely forgot were called up by England but never played - Ruck

“Said no thanks” – 5 players you completely forgot were called up by England but never played

Not every player who is called up for England actually gets onto the pitch and Eddie Jones latest batch of fresh faces will be hoping not to follow in the footsteps of these players.

Some players failed to gain a place in the XV whereas others said thanks but not thanks and turned down the call-up.

#1. Ross Moriarty

The Wales star says he’s not ashamed of his past life as an England Under-20s World Cup winner. Moriarty, born in the rugby league hot-bed of St Helens, played alongside current England internationals Maro Itoje and Charlie Ewels, when England Under-20s lifted the World Cup back in 2014.

But, depsite a call-up on the table from Stuart Lancaster ,he is now maintaining a proud family dynasty that saw his father Paul – who was also a rugby league international – and uncle Richard both play for Wales.

Ross Moriarty of Wales is tackled by George Ford, Captain of England during the Quilter International match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on the 11th August 2019. [Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK].

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