And there we have it, England’s squad for next month’s Rugby World Cup in France. It has been named much earlier than any other northern hemisphere nation but it’s done and dusted, and it’s on head coach Steve Borthwick and England to make it work across the channel.
It is a mixed squad; experience against youth, shock inclusions versus shock exclusions and depth in some positions in contrast to lighter options elsewhere. So it really does have it all. But can it win a World Cup? Well, only time will tell. So here are three takeaways from Borthwick’s 33-man squad.
Major England outs
When news filtered through on Sunday evening that England centre and 50-cap back Henry Slade was set to be dropped by Borthwick, reaction was mixed. Some thought it was a huge omission for England while others weren’t too bothered by the loss.
But what it show
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