Mako Vunipola England World Cup squad lowdown… who is mates with cricket stars and who trained with Arsenal?

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As the countdown to the Japan World Cup gets ever shorter, players and fans alike are preparing for the action in Japan to get under way.

With a close-knit team of stars, Eddie Jones’ England enter the tournament as one of the favourites for glory.

But how well do you know the men of the Red Rose?Sportsmailgives you a closer insight…

Mako Vunipola JAMIE GEORGE

Fun fact:Is good mates with World Cup-winning cricketers Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy, having gone to the same school as Sam Billings.

As well as mixing with fellow rugby players, Jamie George is pals with a host of cricket stars

Mako Vunipola LUKE COWAN-DICKIE

Fun fact:Was once ranked No 1 in the world at shoot-em-up video-game Call of Duty.

Mako Vunipola JACK SINGLETON

Fun fact:Nicknamed ‘English Breakfast’ by Eddie Jones due to his big appetite.

Mako Vunipola JOE MARLER

Fun fact:He is from the same town – Heathfield in Sussex – as singer Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

Mako Vunipola MAKO VUNIPOLA

Fun fact:His mother is a Methodist minister, and father Fe’ao played for Tonga at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups.

Mako Vunipola takes his athletic ability from his father, who fetaured in two world cups

Mako Vunipola KYLE SINCKLER

Fun fact:As a child he thought he was a dinosaur – and would eat leaves!

Mako Vunipola DAN COLE

Fun fact:The joint most-capped player in the squad with Leicester team-mate Ben Youngs, on 86 appearances, and one of three along with Youngs and Courtney Lawes, who has played in two World Cups.

Mako Vunipola ELLIS GENGE

Fun fact:Tattooed his foot for every Test nation that he has played against.

Mako Vunipola MARO ITOJE

Fun fact:Trained with Arsenal this summer, the football team he supports, and once appeared on the front of Tatler magazine.

Maro Itoje is one of the fittest members of the squad and was put through his paces at Arsenal

Mako Vunipola GEORGE KRUIS

Fun fact:Has set up a company which sells legal cannabis-oil remedies with former Sarries team-mate Dominic Day.

Mako Vunipola COURTNEY LAWES 

Fun fact:Is the father to four children Nelly (5), Teddy (3), and a pair of twins Hugo and Otto (1) 

Mako Vunipola JOE LAUNCHBURY

Fun fact:Went to Christ’s Hospital School where he wore the distinctive unifo

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