The 25 England players to receive central contracts from the RFU with major stars missing out - Ruck

The 25 England players to receive central contracts from the RFU with major stars missing out

n a surprising turn of events, England rugby captain Owen Farrell is set to be offered one of the RFU’s innovative central contracts next year, despite uncertainties surrounding his future participation in the national team.

Farrell recently made headlines by announcing his unavailability for the upcoming Six Nations Championship, citing mental health concerns. Additionally, he is expected to miss the summer tours to Japan and New Zealand.

Undeterred by Farrell’s current status, the RFU is keen on providing him with every chance to make a comeback to the national squad. This commitment is reflected in the offer of a central contract, even during a period where his availability for selection remains uncertain.

The RFU has allocated a budget for 25 “hybrid contracts,” strategically identifying players crucial to England coach Steve Borthwick’s plans for the 2027 World Cup. These contracts aim to afford the coach greater control over players’ club appearances and training schedules.

The initiation of these new contracts is scheduled for the beginning of the next season, pending the conclusion of negotiations between the RFU and Premiership Rugby over a new Professional Game Agreement. This agreement will address critical issues such as the calendar and player release dates for the next four years.

Stay tuned as we delve into the 25 players likely to secure these groundbreaking hybrid contracts based on the current landscape.

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25 players to likely receive central contracts:

Front-row: 5

1. Ellis Genge

2. Kyle Sinckler

3. Jamie George

4. Theo Dan

5. Will Stuart

6. Joe Marler

Second-row: 3

1. Maro Itoje

2. Ollie Chessum

3. George Martin