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Five Bath Rugby players in for England's World Cup opener

14 September 2015

Five Bath Rugby players are named in England's squad for the Rugby World Cup 2015 opener against Fiji this Friday. 

Fly-half George Ford, outside centre Jonathan Joseph and wing Anthony Watson all start, whilst Rob Webber and Sam Burgess are named on the bench. 

England's team shows an unchanged XV from the side that beat Ireland, with Webber's replacement of Jamie George the only change to the bench.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "The squad is massively excited to start the World Cup. Everyone has worked incredibly hard over the last three months and we are ready.

"All the players have put their hand up in training and the internationals we have played this summer and we are blessed to have such a strong squad to select from against a skilful and powerful Fijian side.

"Friday will be a great occasion for the whole squad and for the country. We are in a unique position to be playing in a World Cup on home soil and to have the support of a nation behind the team.  That support will be a massive factor and we don't underestimate its importance."

England (v Fiji, Twickenham Stadium, 8pm BST, Friday September 18, 2015)

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 39 caps)

14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 11 caps)

13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)

12 Brad Barritt (Saracens, 23 caps)

11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 16 caps)

10 George Ford (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)

9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 49 caps)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 33 caps)

2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 24 caps)

3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps)

4 Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs, 25 caps)

5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 40 caps)

6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 38 caps)

7 Chris Robshaw (capt, Harlequins, 39 caps)

8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 29 caps)

Replacements

16 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)

17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 23 caps)

18 Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints, 12 caps)

19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 24 caps)

20 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 19 caps)

21 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 23 caps)

22 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 31 caps)

23 Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)

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