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Congratulations to every England player named in the 31-man squad for the World Cup — particularly Owen Farrell, who will make a great captain in Japan.
I am really excited about this group and think they have every chance of going all the way in the tournament. Eddie Jones is not hiding. This is a full metal jacket squad.
Well done to the new guys who have made a late charge into the squad — Ruaridh McConnochie and Lewis Ludlam are form picks and good luck to them.
Ben Youngs (centre) will be among those departing for Japan for the 2019 rugby World Cup
Equally, commiserations to those who have missed out. You feel most for Dylan Hartley, Chris Robshaw and James Haskell who have given everything to England over the past few years but will not be able to finish the job.
It is a shame for these players as they have done so much right in the aftermath of the debacle of the last World Cup to take England back where they should be.
Eddie has made some big calls. I am not concerned with him leaving out Brad Shields and Ben Te’o — to be brutally honest neither would have been in my squad anyway, so I don’t see their absence as a problem. It is an excellent selection.
It is not as though Farrell or Maro Itoje have missed out, so Te’o not making it after his confrontation with Mike
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