Charlie Ewels’ selection on the bench for England on Saturday is just the latest in an increasingly large line of successful recent England U20 players gaining full international experience.
That, plus the recent Anglo-Welsh Cup games and the selection of so many young players, has had us thinking about England internationals of the future. Where better then to air those thoughts that in our newsletter.
So, with that in mind, here as an England XV for the 2023 Rugby World Cup:
15 Anthony Watson (Bath)
14 Matt Gallagher (Saracens)
13 Elliot Daly (Wasps)
12 Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints)
11 Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins)
10 George Ford (Bath)
9 Jack Maunder (Exeter Chiefs)
1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
2 Jack Walker (Bath)
3 Paul Hill (Northampton Saints)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens)
5 Charlie Ewels (Bath)
6 James Chisholm (Harlequins)
7 Will Evans (Leicester Tigers)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
18 Billy Walker (Saracens)
19 Nick Isiekwe (Saracens)
20 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
21 Jamie Shillcock (Worcester Warriors)
22 Mat Protheroe (Gloucester)
23 Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
Nine players in the 23 are capped, with that to become ten after Charlie Ewels gains his first cap on Saturday, while Will Evans and Joe Marchant are both included in the wider EPS, and James Chisholm has played for the Saxons.
The rest of the squad all have recent England U20 and England U18 experience, their development is a moving beast, but all have shown fantastic promise. Of course this side is just an opinion, what is yours though, who do you think will be involved in 2023?
Let me know on @AngusSavageXV