The Rugby World Cup in France is just around the corner, and the England squad has been announced. Coach Steve Borthwick has picked 33 players, and the list has some surprises.
Here’s Who Made It
In Forwards, The big guys include familiar names like Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, and Billy Vunipola. Young hooker Theo Dan, who’s only 22 and just debuted against Wales, is also joining the pack.
In Backs, Expect to see stars like Owen Farrell, Danny Care, and Manu Tuilagi running the ball. Keep an eye on the youngest player, Henry Arundell, who’s only 20!
England Rugby World Cup 2023 Squad: Final Roster
|Jack van Poortvliet
|Owen Farrell (c)
Some Surprising Choices
Henry Slade & Alex Dombrandt Missing: Henry Slade, who played in the last two World Cups, has been left out. A big shock to many fans!
Billy Vunipola In Despite Injury: Billy’s been chosen even though he hasn’t played since April. He’s the only specialist number eight in the squad.
Joe Marchant’s Stellar Performance: Joe really shone against Wales in a warm-up match and earned a spot on the team.
What Else to Know
A Good Mix of Youth and Experience: The squad has a nice balance. 17 players have played in a World Cup before, and three will be in their fourth!
Lots of Caps: The team has more than 1,400 caps (that’s the number of times players have represented England). Ben Youngs has the most, with 122.
Starting Off Against Argentina: The first game is on September 9th in Marseille. It’s going to be a tough one!
The choice to leave out Slade is huge. He’s been a key player in the midfield for years. But Joe Marchant’s dynamic play against Wales has earned him a spot instead.
The squad looks strong, with familiar faces and talented youngsters. But there’s a lot of pressure on certain players, like George at hooker and Itoje at lock.
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The England team for the 2023 Rugby World Cup has some new players and some who have played before. There were a few surprises in who was picked. The team will play against Argentina, Japan, Chile, and Samoa in the first part of the tournament. People are really looking forward to seeing how the team does.
The games start on September 8, and everyone’s excited to watch