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Sky Sports predict England’s starting XV for 2027 Rugby World Cup with Ellis Genge named captain

After the exhilarating 2023 Rugby World Cup, Sky Sports peered into the future of the sport, attempting to predict the England XV for the next tournament.

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Notable retirements, including those of Courtney Lawes, Ben Youngs, and Jonny May, signal a changing landscape, while the potential departure of Manu Tuilagi, Joe Marler, and Dan Cole looming on the horizon.

Owen Farrell’s move to Racing 92 adds another layer of intrigue, rendering him ineligible for future international duty.

Against this backdrop, Sky Sports had a look into their crystal ball back in November, envisioning England’s prospective starting XV for the 2027 World Cup in Australia.

Sky Sports 2027 Rugby World Cup England XV:

We’ve summed up their comments.

Freddie Steward (Fullback): With 29 Test caps to his name at just 22 years old, Steward’s commanding presence on the field and versatile skill set make him an indispensable asset in England’s lineup.

Freddie Steward of England on the break as he slips the tackle of Alex Mann of Wales during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Max Malins (Winger/Fullback): Equally comfortable on the wing or at fullback, Malins’ 21 caps and consistent performances position him as a reliable option in England’s backline.

Will Joseph (Centre): The young Harlequins player, brother to former England centre Jonathan Joseph, shows promise with one cap already under his belt, poised to make his mark on the international stage.

Ollie Lawrence (Centre): Despite facing ups and downs early in his Test career, Lawrence’s potential shines through, with 18 caps and a move to Bath signaling a bright future ahead.

Henry Arundell (Winger): At just 20 years old, Arundell’s explosive speed and try-scoring ability mark him as a rising star in England’s lineup, with a promising career trajectory ahead.

Marcus Smith (Fly-half): With the spotlight on him as a potential successor to Owen Farrell, Smith’s undeniable talent and playmaking abilities position him as a key player in England’s future.

Last Kick Drop Goal celebrations from Marcus Smith of England with Immanuel Feyi-Waboso of England to win the match during the Guinness Six Nations Match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on March 9th 2024. – PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Jack van Poortvliet (Scrum-half): Despite injury setbacks, the young Leicester Tigers scrum-half’s 14 caps and growing influence on the field suggest a bright future ahead once he returns to full fitness.