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 12 Owen Farrell, calls the shots behind.

Saracens: Maro Itoje (C) and Owen Farrell (L) are two of England’s finest (Getty Images)

The Coach – Eddie Jones

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

Feeling it: After starting well, Jones’ England has lost form of late (Getty Images)

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 v Wales, Twickenham, KO 14:00
  • Saturday 17 August: Wales v England, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, KO TBC
  • Saturday 24 August 2019: England v Ireland, Twickenham, KO 15:00
  • Friday 6 September 2019: England v Italy, St James Park, Newcastle, KO 19:45

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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)

Group Winner: England vs France could decide who tops the group in Japan (Getty Images)

England Rugby World Cup Squad

(We will update this section when the official squad is announced)

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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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