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England Rugby World Cup squad will be formed in the coming weeks as the Gallagher Premiership season prepares to get happening. Who will lead the list of candidates for England’s Rugby World Cup squad? There will be several recognized players with work to do and some promising talent that might just break into Eddie Jones’ plans. There are seats up for grabs led by the exciting Henry Arundell.  Charlie Inglefield looks through each position and classifies the contenders to go alongside the probable officials.

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Full-back

New Leicester signing, Anthony Watson will be frantic to get back into the England set-up. Watson’s pace and finishing aptitude would be a valuable asset for Jones if he remains injury free. Freddie Steward is deservedly the obligatory but Watson’s versatility in the back three would be a major asset to England’s Rugby World Cup squad. Anthony Watson to pass Northampton’s George Furbank as England’s cover at full-back.

Wings

Rather like Watson, Jonny May will hope to be injury-free this period and needs a strong start to the season with Gloucester. At his best, he is still England’s premier winger with his pace and final ability. Joe Cokanasiga was released for the second Test against Australia and needs to increase his work rate if he is to make the squad. Henry Arundell is a delightful talent and he is among the contenders for England’s 2023 Rugby World Cup squad. Arundell could be a bolter like Ruaridh McConnochie was in the 2019 Rugby World Cup team. The big view for England over the next twelve months.

enters

The most stimulating position in England’s team right now. They miss Manu Tuilagi and everyone will be hoping that the Sale man gets through the season without a wound. If he is fit then he should twitch alongside Henry Slade, with Marcus Smith at fly-half. Slade is by no means certain and must step up over the next few months.

The combination of Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell remains a work in development. It is an all too familiar scenario that Eddie Jones had with George Ford and Owen Farrell. Farrell was spinal to his pugnacious best down under but can he get England’s backline drone? 1 has to go. Marcus Smith or Owen Farrell if Tuilagi is fit. If not, then Jones will likely persist with the Farrell and Smith company.

However, who finishes the line-up at number 13? Joe Marchant has been consistent but was released after the first test against the Wallabies. Gary Porter writhed with his defense in the third test against Australia. Rather like David Beckham’s metatarsal in 2002, England rugby World Cup fans should be requesting that Tuilagi gets through in 2023.

Fly-Half

Marcus Smith. Jones must persevere with the Harlequins pivot. Smith’s star waned slightly in Australia after a long period but he can direct England over the next ten years. George Ford could come into the equation as long as he recovers from Achilles’ damage in time. As per the quarrel in the centers, the change between Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith needs a lot of work but Jones will persist with it.

Scrum-Half

Ben Youngs is now behind the man of tour Jack van Poortvliet and such is the increase of van Poortvliet this may well be the beginning of the end for the Leicester and England fable. Youngs has to start the period off with a bang and hope that Eddie Jones wants to utilize his knowledge. Danny Care had the ignominy of being hooked early in the third test against the Wallabies and must be on the outside with Jones.

Raffi Quirke must come into reflection if he regains his fitness at Sale. He is a world-class scrum-half in the making and could be the holdup to Jack van Poortvliet. To Know more about  England Vs Argentina Tickets click here.

Props

Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler, and Will Stuart are certs to go leaving three more spots available. Joe Heyes capped a strong season for the Tigers by receiving his chance in Australia. Mako Vunipola is back and is likely to join his brother in France. This spells bad news for Joe Marler who is now perhaps behind Sale’s rapidly improving Bevan Rodd.

Hookers

Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie are a shoo-in to the Rugby World Cup team which leaves three likely candidates fighting for the last spot. Newcastle’s Jamie Blamire is a great prospect but needs to start more frequently at Newcastle. Leicester’s Nic Dolly is recovering from a thoughtful knee injury and will hope to get back as soon as likely. Harlequins’ captain Jack Walker showed up well on the summer tour to Australia and his experience of captaining his club may just keep Eddie Jones absorbed. Walker to shade Blamire on the list of candidates for England’s Rugby World Cup squad.

Locks

Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes are amongst the first names on the team sheet. But it is their versatility that opens up a few more candidates for the second row. Bath’s Charlie Ewels is a major doubt with an ACL injury and was struggling to break through for England before his damage. Therefore, Joe Launchbury and Nick Iswieke could be opposing for one remaining spot. Because the other must be reserved for Ollie Chessum, who underscored his massive potential in Australia.

Iswieke is such a gifted athlete but has not made the most of his chances playing for England. If he can break through on the international phase then England will benefit greatly. For his complete potential, he just shades it over Launchbury.

Backrow

Tom Curry is nailed on with Billy Vunipola and Sam Underhill pretty close to connecting him in France. However, there is a long list of Rugby World Cup squad candidates behind them. Perhaps the most contentious will be whether Alex Dombrandt and Sam Simmonds both go. We all know how gifted they are but with ‘Big’ Billy reviving his England form, it is likely only one will cut. The versatility of Maro Itoje, Ollie Chessum, and Courtney Lawes further confuses the balance of the back row.

Then there is Lewis Ludlam and Wasp Jack Willis. Ludlam should get one of the spinal row places as his physical lateral appeals to Jones and the way England plays. Jack Willis and Sam Simmonds may be the unlucky ones to miss out.

What do you think who else may make the list of candidates for England’s 2023 Rugby World Cup team?

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