Uncapped Exeter Chiefs duo set to be called up by England boss Steve Borthwick - Ruck

Uncapped Exeter Chiefs duo set to be called up by England boss Steve Borthwick

Greg Fisilau and Rusi Tuima are anticipated to join Steve Borthwick’s provisional 20-player training squad for the upcoming international matches against Japan and New Zealand this summer.

As reported by TNT Sports, both players have made a significant impact for Exeter Chiefs throughout the 2023/24 season and are expected to be rewarded with a spot in the training camp. Borthwick is set to announce his final squad on Monday, June 10.

The inclusion of Fisilau and Tuima comes in response to the absences of Ellis Genge and Ollie Chessum, prompting Borthwick to evaluate his forward options before finalizing the training squad on Sunday.

England A player Greg Fisilau (Exeter Chiefs) during the International rugby match between England A and Portugal at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on February 25th- PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK

Borthwick has closely monitored 20-year-old Fisilau, who started 14 Premiership matches and played a key role in the club’s advance to the quarter-finals of the Investec Champions Cup.

Gallagher Man of the Match Rusi Tuima of Exeter Chiefs during the Gallagher Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Bristol Bears at Sandy Park, Exeter on 5th Nov 2023. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Although 24-year-old Tuima has faced recent injury issues, which kept him out of the Chiefs’ Champions Cup match against Toulouse, he has still had a standout season, scoring eight tries across all competitions for Rob Baxter’s side.

Additionally, RUCK suggests there might be a surprising recall for Harlequins lock Joe Launchbury.

Launchbury, who moved to Japan after Wasps’ collapse in 2022, has not retired from international rugby despite missing out on the 2023 Rugby World Cup squad.

Joe Launchbury of Harlequins during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins at Kingsholm Stadium on October 14th, 2023 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Phil Mingo/PPAUK/Gallagher)

“I spoke to Steve [Borthwick] a lot during my time in Japan and on my return from Japan, and I was going to be involved in the initial World Cup camp but I got injured,” Launchbury said.

“I have not really spoken to him much since then, he has obviously had a busy time.

“I don’t think I am going to sit here and retire from international rugby because I don’t feel that is something I need to do. I haven’t had a huge involvement over the last period of time so it is not something I need to do.

“I love playing for England, it is the proudest part of my rugby career and I don’t think I would turn down an opportunity to play but I am aware of where I am.”

He added: “I am not going to sit here and retire from international rugby, but I am not sitting here waiting for the phone to ring.

“I am here to play for Harlequins and I am loving the balance of playing here and being back in England with my family.”

The 33-man England Squad Steve Borthwick Should Select For Summer Tour

It’s been a decade since England’s last visit to New Zealand, a challenging 2014 series under Stuart Lancaster resulting in a 3-0 defeat.

The memories of the 2008 tour aren’t any sweeter, with England tasting defeat in both Tests against the All Blacks. However, a glimmer of triumph emerged in 2003, as they secured a thrilling 15-13 victory over New Zealand just before the Rugby World Cup.

In this highly anticipated tour, Borthwick’s squad will face a formidable challenge with only two tests against the All Blacks, following a clash with Japan in Tokyo.

Here is the list of our predicted squad organised by their current clubs:

RUCK’s England squad for the summer:


  • Joe Marler
  • Fin Baxter
  • Chandler Cunningham-South
  • Marcus Smith

Bristol Bears

  • Harry Randall
  • Gabriel Ibitoye


  • Jamie George
  • Theo Dan
  • Maro Itoje
  • Ben Earl
  • Elliot Daly