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Predicting the England starting XV following 36-man squad announcement

Predicting the England starting XV following 36-man squad announcement

Steve Borthwick has included six uncapped players for the England summer tour to Japan and New Zealand. 

Fin Baxter, Joe Carpenter, Tom Roebuck, Ollie Sleightholme, Gabriel Oghre and Luke Northmore have all made the cut following impressive season’s in the Premiership.

Elsewhere, Tom Curry returns to the fold following a lengthy spell out with injury, and Jamie George will once again captain the side.

But with so many in-form players in the squad, how England line up? We’ve given a potential XV for England to play this summer.

Possible England starting XV for Japan and New Zealand

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15: George Furbank

Northampton Saints fullback George Furbank will likely start ahead of Freddie Steward. He ended the season in brilliant form, but more importantly his role as the extra ball-player is so important to the new England attack.

14. Tommy Freeman

Saints winger Tommy Freeman nailed down his spot during the Six Nations, and he will likely be in the starting team again. He has been in brilliant form for Northampton this year, and his power and speed make him a genuine threat out wide. Freeman also has a keen eye for the try-line too.

13. Henry Slade

Premiership Player of the Season Henry Slade is a shoe-in to start at 13. He has really improved since his World Cup omission, and seems a much more refreshed and re-energised player, and his silky skills are such a good weapon for England’s new attacking style.

12. Fraser Dingwall

A tough call at 12, but Dingwall really ended the season on a high. The Northampton centre has combined his typical ball-playing abilities with a good eye for a gap, and he is able to bring the best out of those around him.

11. Immanuel Feyi-Waboso

Who else could start on the wing? Exeter winger Feyi-Waboso possesses genuine power and pace, and has the ability to generate momentum from nothing. He is the perfect example of a modern day winger.

10. Marcus Smith

This could be Marcus Smith’s time to shine. Smith is the perfect fly-half to play the new England attack, and he could really bring it to life this summer.

9. Alex Mitchell

England’s new attack needs consistent quick ball, and that is exactly what Mitchell will provide. His distribution skills have really come on this season too, however his sniping skills are what set him apart from the rest.

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1. Fin Baxter

The young Harlequin has really come of age this season. He is a really solid player in defence, however his scrummaging is his main point-of-difference. Baxter is still developing his skills in attack, but he has fully warranted a spot in the England side.

2. Jamie George (C)

Named as captain again this summer, Jamie George’s leadership will be crucial in this new England era. He is a quality player in his own right too.

3. Dan Cole

Another experienced head in the team, Dan Cole should keep his starting spot. The Leicester tighthead is a brilliant scrummager, and the stable platform he provides at tighthead should also bring the attacking side out in Baxter too.

4. Maro Itoje

Itoje is really recapturing his best form, and his leadership skills will again need to come to the fore. He is also a brilliant lineout operator, which England will need to beat the All Blacks.

5. George Martin 

The defensive enforcer George Martin will likely start alongside Itoje. Martin is such a physical player in all aspects of his game, and this could prove valuable in the tight.

6. Chandler Cunningham-South

England have struggled for consistent ball-carries in the tight, but Chandler Cunningham-South thrives in this space. He is such a powerful athletic player who can consistently get England over the gain line.

7. Sam Underhill

Underhill is in red-hot form at the moment, and should be in England’s starting team this summer. He is one of the best tacklers in world rugby, but he has also really improved on his ball-carrying too, making him the complete number seven.

8. Ben Earl

The Saracens back-rower was by far England’s best player in the Six Nations, and will look to kick on this summer. He is a really explosive ball-carrier, and is a genuine threat across the pitch. His speed also makes him a really good weapon in broken field too.

England 36-player Summer Series squad in full

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Forwards
Fin Baxter, Dan Cole, Alex Coles, Chandler Cunningham-South, Ben Curry, Tom Curry, Theo Dan, Alex Dombrandt, Ben Earl, Charlie Ewels, Jamie George, Joe Heyes, Maro Itoje, Joe Marler, George Martin, Gabriel Oghre, Bevan Rodd, Ethan Roots, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill

Backs
Joe Carpenter, Fraser Dingwall, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Ollie Lawrence, Alex Mitchell, Luke Northmore, Harry Randall, Tom Roebuck, Henry Slade, Ollie Sleightholme, Fin Smith, Marcus Smith, Ben Spencer, Freddie Steward

How to watch England’s Summer Series

Japan v England, Saturday 22 June, National Stadium, kick-off 6.50am BST (RugbyPass TV)

New Zealand v England, Saturday 6 July, Forsyth Barr Stadium, kick-off 8.05am BST (Sky Sports)

New Zealand v England, Saturday 13 July, Eden Park, kick-off 8.05am BST (Sky Sports)