After a disastrous home World Cup in 2015, England are once again under pressure to perform in Japan

England Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

They suffered a shocking loss of form between February and July in 2018, but they bounced back in November, beating both South Africa and Australia and losing by a single point to the All Blacks. England are still one of the favourites to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

How They Qualified

England qualified automatically for the 2019 tournament.

Key Players

There’s plenty of Saracens muscle up front, where Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers, Billy and Mako, are automatic choices. Another Saracen, goalkicking Owen Farrell, calls the shots behind.

Saracens trio: from left, Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Jamie George are three of England’s finest (Getty)

The Coach – Eddie Jones

The jocular Australian has a proud track record, winning the trophy as an assistant coach with South Africa in 2007.

In the spotlight: Eddie Jones hopes to achieve success in the country he coached at RWC 2015 (Getty)

Major Work-ons

While they finally regained some respect at the breakdown in the autumn, Billy Vunipola’s injury-enforced absence had depriving England of some gain-line dominance. Creating quicker ball and reducing the penalty count are essential if they are to re-establish their former eminence.

England Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

  • Sunday 11 August 2019: England 33-19 Wales
  • Saturday 17 August 2019: Wales v England, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, 14.15pm, Live on Channel 4
  • Saturday 24 August 2019: England v Ireland, Twickenham, KO 15:00, Live on Sky Sports
  • Friday 6 September 2019: England v Italy, St James Park, Newcastle, KO 19:45, Live on Sky Sports

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England Rugby World Cup Group

England are in Group C alongside France, Argentina, USA, and Tonga.

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England Rugby World Cup Fixtures

  • Sun 22 Sep England v Tonga (Sapporo)
  • Thu 26 Sep England v USA (Kobe)
  • Sat 5 Oct England v Argentina (Tokyo)
  • Sat 12 Oct England v France (Yokohama)

Important match: England v France could decide who tops the group in Japan (Getty Images)

England Rugby World Cup Squad

Eddie Jones has named his 31-man training squad below;

Forwards:

Dan Cole
Luke Cowan-Dickie
Tom Curry
Ellis Genge
Jamie George
Maro Itoje
George Kruis
Joe Launchbury
Courtney Lawes
Lewis Ludlam
Joe Marler
Kyle Sinckler
Jack Singleton
Sam Underhill
Billy Vunipola
Mako Vunipola
Mark Wilson

Backs:

Joe Cokanasiga
Elliot Daly
Owen Farrell
George Ford
Piers Francis
Willi Heinz
Jonathan Joseph
Jonny May
Ruaridh McConnochie
Jack Nowell
Henry Slade
Manu Tuilagi
Anthony Watson
Ben Youngs

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Previous World Cup Results and Record

England’s Rugby World Cup Record: P44 W31 D0 L13

  • 1987 Quarter-finals
  • 1991 Runners-up
  • 1995 Fourth
  • 1999 Quarter-finals
  • 2003 Champions
  • 2007 Runners-up
  • 2011 Quarter-finals
  • 2015 Pool stages

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