This Monday, Steve Borthwick announced a group of 39 players who have been called up to continue preparations for the 2023 World Cup. Unlike Sam Underhill and Zack Mercer, the Willis brothers are still called.
Preparations for the World Cup are going on from England side. And the more days go by, the more accurate the English list becomes! This Monday, the 39ers were called upon by Steve Borthwick to visit Pennyhill Park, the performance center of the English marquis. A list without real surprises. Sam Underhill, who was part of the 41 list, is no longer part of the team, as is Bevan Rodd. Unlike Zach Mercer, the Willis brothers are always present.
Apart from the 39 players, a group of five players will accompany the team in rehabilitation. We got Ollie Chessum, Ollie Lawrence, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola and Jack Walker there.
Ahead: Jamie Blamire (Newcastle, 6 caps), Dan Cole (Leicester, 100), Tom Currie (Dourney, 45), Theo Dann (Saracens), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 14), Ben Earl (Saracens, 15), Ellis Genge ( Bristol, 48), Jamie George (Saracens, 77), Johnny Hill (Dirty, 19), Maro Etoje (Saracens, 67), Courtney Lawes (Northampton, 97), Lewis Ludlum (Northampton, 19), Joe Marler (Harlequins, 79), George Martin (Leicester, 1 cap), Tom Pearson (London Irish), Val Rapava-Raskin (Gloucester), David Ribbons (Northampton, 5), Kyle Sinkler (Bristol, 61), Will Stuart (Bath, 25) , Jack Willis (Toulouse, 10), Tom Willis (Saracens).
Continuing preparations for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, 39 players have been selected to take part in the Honda England Rugby Performance Center at Pennyhill Park. pic.twitter.com/bgCiSC4Adf
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three quarters: Henry Arundell (London Irish, 7), Danny Care (Harlequins, 87), Joe Cokkanassiga (Bath, 14), Elliot Daly (Saracens, 57), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 106), George Ford (Sale, 81), Max Malins (Saracens, 18), Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 15), Johnny May (Gloucester, 72), Caden Fife (Harlequins), Guy Porter (Leicester, 4), Henry Slade (Exeter, 56), Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 21), Freddie Steward (Leicester, 22), Manu Tuilagi (Dirt, 51), Jack Van Portvliet (Leicester, 12), Anthony Watson (Leicester, 55), Ben Youngs (Leicester, 122).