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Who’s who in England’s 30-man Rugby World Cup squad

August 23rd, 2011 by · No Comments · Features

The low-down on each member of England’s squad for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

Dan Cole Prop

Became first England prop in four years to score a try, playing against Ireland in 2010. Battling Matt Stevens for No3 shirt

Club Leicester Age 24 Caps 17 Stats 6ft 2in18st 8lb

Alex Corbisero Prop

Has been doing a good job understudying Andrew Sheridan and has jumped above Tim Payne in the queue for the No1 jersey

Club London Irish Age 22 Caps 6 Stats 6ft 1in18st 8lb

Andrew Sheridan Prop

When fit, can wreck a scrum and be ball-carrier-in-chief. When he’s not 100%, he’s just a big, very strong, former bricklayer

Club Sale Age 31 Caps 38 Stats 6ft 5in19st 9lb

Matt Stevens Prop

Only 17 games back since his two-year drug ban, his ability to prop both sides of the scrum could be invaluable

Club Saracens Age 28 Caps 34 Stats 6ft 2in19st 2lb

David Wilson Prop

Left Newcastle for Bath in 2009 with Matt Stevens’s two-year ban providing a timely vacancy at the Rec

Club Bath Age 26 Caps 18 Stats 6ft 2in19st 2lb

Dylan Hartley Hooker

Maturing after a lively couple of seasons which led him to consult a sports psychologist about his on-field behaviour

Club N’hampton Age 25 Caps 29 Stats 6ft 1in17st 4lb

Lee Mears Hooker

After starting for the Lions in South Africa, Mears slipped down the rankings after tearing his biceps

Club Bath Age 32 Caps 37 Stats 5ft 9in15st 6lb

Steve Thompson Hooker

The gap between his 47th cap against Ireland and the 48th against Argentina was 38 months

Club Wasps Age 33 Caps 67 Stats 6ft 2in18st 8lb

Louis Deacon Lock

Formidable scrummager and lineout technician. Played in every Six Nations match in 2007 but has had back problems

Club Leicester Age 30 Caps 24 Stats 6ft 6in18st 5lb

Courtney Lawes Lock

Feels as though he has been around for a lot more than nine Tests. An athletic lock and a handy blindside flanker

Club N’hampton Age 22 Caps 9 Stats 6ft 7in17st 6lb

Tom Palmer Lock

Made only eight starts in nine seasons but since coming off the bench in Paris last year, has started 12 of the past 13 games

Club S Français Age 32 Caps 27 Stats 6ft 7in18st 3lb

Simon Shaw Lock

He might not go 80 minutes any longer, but Martin Johnson clearly thinks 20 minutes of Shaw can do the trick

Club Unattached Age 37 Caps 67 Stats 6ft 8in19st 2lb

Tom Croft Back row

England are yet to tease out the displays he gave for the Lions but his athleticism is key to making the lineout work

Club Leicester Age 25 Caps 25 Stats 6ft 6in16st 7lb

Nick Easter Back row

Since his debut before the 2007 World Cup he has missed only 11 of England’s 55 Tests. Considered a rock at No8

Club Harlequins Age 33 Caps 44 Stats 6ft 4in18st 5lb

James Haskell Back row

Has made the best of his talents, muscling back into the XV for the Six Nations and able to play across the back row

Club Black Rams Age 26 Caps 36 Stats 6ft 4in17st 13lb

Lewis Moody Back row

Mad Dog is back and, if he stays fit, presumably will captain England. If, though, is a big word with Moody

Club Bath Age 33 Caps 67 Stats 6ft 3in16st

Tom Wood Back row

Another who has sampled rugby in New Zealand before, playing with North Otago while getting fit after a broken leg

Club N’hampton Age 24 Caps 7 Stats 6ft 5in17st 2lb

Delon Armitage Full-back

After a stunning arrival on the England scene, his career has gone off the boil since Foden took the No15 shirt

Club London Irish Age 27 Caps 21 Stats 6ft 1in14st 9lb

Ben Foden Full-back

Once a frustrated scrum-half who got his first cap replacing Harry Ellis. Has started 13 of England’s past 14 Tests at full-back

Club N’hampton Age 26 Caps 16 Stats 6ft14st 9lb

Chris Ashton Wing

Nine tries in 12 Tests says it all and it’s a wonder why he didn’t get a look in with England until the France match last year

Club N’hampton Age 24 Caps 12 Stats 6ft14st 6lb

Mark Cueto Wing

Another to launch his England career in style, scoring four tries in three games. Has started all England’s past 28 matches

Club Sale Age 31 Caps 52 Stats 6ft14st 13lb

Matt Banahan Wing

The Jersey Juggernaut has had quite a career, including a red card for taking on half a team in his earlier days as a lock

Club Bath Age 24 Caps 13 Stats 6ft 7in18st 3lb

Shontayne Hape Centre

Hape, but not Flutey. Johnson votes for presence over versatility when it comes to choosing between his Kiwi centres

Club London Irish Age 30 Caps 12 Stats 6ft 1in16st

Mike Tindall Centre

Been around for a bit and some think it’s beginning to show. Others say he’s never let England down

Club Gloucester Age 32 Caps 71 Stats 6ft 2in16st

Manu Tuilagi Centre

From Leicester squad player struggling to get a visa at the start of last season to a World Cup in under a year

Club Leicester Age 20 Caps 1 Stats 6ft 1in17st 8lb

Toby Flood Fly-half

Poor performances in Dublin and Cardiff have dropped him down the pecking order and perhaps behind Wilkinson

Club Leicester Age 26 Caps 41 Stats 6ft 2in14st 6lb

Jonny Wilkinson Fly-half

The fly-half who kicked that drop goal to win the title in 2003 is back as favourite for the No10 shirt eight years later

Club Toulon Age 32 Caps 86 Stats 5ft 10in14st

Joe Simpson Scrum-half

Uncapped, but with Danny Care injured, England have gone close to like-for-like, going for pace off the back of the scrum

Club Wasps Age 23 Caps 0 Stats 5ft 11in12st 12lb

Richard Wigglesworth Scrum-half

Did himself few favours at Cardiff a fortnight ago but England clearly wanted three scrum-halves in New Zealand

Club Saracens Age 28 Caps 7 Stats 5ft 9in13st 3lb

Ben Youngs Scrum-half

Knee surgery in June and a lacklustre Six Nations have taken some of the gloss off a Test career that was on a rapid rise

Club Leicester Age 21 Caps 12 Stats 5ft 10in14st 6lb

 

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