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Bath Rugby Six named in England World Cup squad

27 August 2015

Six Bath Rugby players have been named in England's 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Sam Burgess, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson, Rob Webber and David Wilson are all included in the squad that will open their campaign against Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 18th.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "It's really positive that we have such depth and options to choose from. Selection wasn't easy and it is tough to leave anyone out but it's important to stress that the players not in this group are still part of our wider squad and could come in at any point.

"After 10 weeks in camp we have made our final selection of players and we believe we have a great group to take us into the tournament. With three weeks to go before we play Fiji we believe we are in good shape as we head into next Saturday's game against Ireland.

"As the excitement builds around the tournament we are looking forward to the country getting behind England and we know this group of players will represent the nation with pride."

England Rugby World Cup squad

Props

Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 51 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 32 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 22 caps)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 43 caps)

Hookers

Jamie George (Saracens, 1 cap)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 23 caps)

Second rows

George Kruis (Saracens, 8 caps)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 23 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 39 caps)
Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs, 24 caps)

Back rows

James Haskell (Wasps, 60 caps)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 28 caps)
Chris Robshaw (capt, Harlequins, 38 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 18 caps)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 37 caps)

Scrum-halves

Danny Care (Harlequins, 52 caps)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 22 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 48 caps)

Fly-halves

Owen Farrell (Saracens, 30 caps)
George Ford (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)

Centres

Brad Barritt (Saracens, 22 caps)
Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby, 1 cap)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap)

Back three

Mike Brown (Harlequins, 38 caps)
Alex Goode (Saracens, 18 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 15 caps)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)

England fixtures

September 5th, QBE International, Twickenham Stadium, England v Ireland, 14.30

September 18th, RWC 2015, Twickenham Stadium, England v Fiji, 20.00

September 26th, RWC 2015, Twickenham Stadium, England v Wales, 20.00

October 3rd, RWC 2015, Twickenham Stadium, England v Australia, 20.00

October 10th, RWC 2015, Manchester City Stadium, England v Uruguay, 20.00

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