10. Marcus Smith
- Current number of caps: 1
- Age at the start of RWC 2023: 24
Smith’s rapid rise shows no signs of slowing down – it took barely a year for him to go from captaining Brighton College in an unbeaten season to involvement in the senior England squad. Therefore, it’s not unthinkable that he’ll be leading England’s bid to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for a second (possibly third) time.
9. Stuart Townsend
- Current number of caps: 0
- Age at the start of RWC 2023: 27
A lot of the English scrum-halves are ageing, meaning this is a direct choice between the Exeter Chiefs man and Ben Vellacott. However, his emergence as a premier playmaker in such a short space of time makes us think he will continue to get better, which will lead to him establishing himself in the England set-up.
1. Ellis Genge
- Current number of caps: 18
- Age at the start of RWC 2023: 28
One of the most dynamic props in England, Bristol-born Ellis Genge made his debut for his country as a replacement in a 27-13 win over Wales at Twickenham Stadium in 2016. Should be hitting his peak in 2023.
- Current number of caps: 49
- Age at the start of RWC 2023: 32
Being the half owner of elite physiotherapy business, we’re backing the current hooker to be the oldest starter for England in 2023. Accurate at the line-out and always a willing carrier, his wealth of experience and winning know-how will make him a key player for years to come.
3. Kyle Sinckler
- Current number of caps: 35
- Age at the start of RWC 2023: 30
Powerful carrier and an incredible scrummager, a 30-year-old mature Sinckler could be one of the most renowned tightheads on the planet. We certainly hope so anyway!