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Published 27/08/2015

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Joe Marler.

Age: 25.

Position: Prop.

Club: Harlequins.

Test points: 0.

Bio: Early-career reputation as something of a loose cannon, but he has matured into a fine Test prop.

Mako Vunipola.

Age: 24.

Position: Prop.

Club: Saracens.

Test points: 5.

Bio: Brother of England number eight Billy Vunipola and a consistent performer, either in the starting line-up or off the bench.

Dan Cole.

Age: 28.

Position: Prop.

Club: Leicester.

Test points: 5.

Bio: The scrummaging cornerstone of England's pack, who has overcome serious injury to resume his Test career.

Kieran Brookes.

Age: 24.

Position: Prop.

Club: Northampton.

Test points: 0.

Bio: Has the ability to pack down on either side of the scrum, making him a valuable commodity in any currency.

David Wilson.

Age: 30.

Position: Prop.

Club: Bath.

Test points: 5.

Bio: Largely unheralded, but a powerful performer whose consistency is an impressive quality.

Tom Youngs.

Age: 28.

Position: Hooker.

Club: Leicester.

Test points: 0.

Bio: Robust, tough-as-teak warrior who relishes life in Test rugby's front line, but line-out throwing is still a concern.

Rob Webber.

Age: 29.

Position: Hooker.

Club: Bath.

Test points: 5.

Bio: Had a quiet season last term, but has now reappeared prominently on England's radar.

Jamie George.

Age: 24.

Position: Hooker.

Club: Saracens.

Test points: 0.

Bio: Outstanding for Saracens in last season's Aviva Premiership final. A handful in tight and loose exchanges.

Courtney Lawes.

Age: 26.

Position: Lock.

Club: Northampton.

Test points: 0.

Bio: The workaholic, big-hitting Northampton forward will relish being on rugby's grandest stage. Supreme natural talent.

Geoff Parling.

Age: 31.

Position: Lock.

Club: Exeter.

Caps: 24.

Test point: 5.

Bio: Selected in England's World Cup squad because of his line-out expertise.

George Kruis.

Age: 25.

Position: Lock.

Club: Saracens.

Caps: 7.

Test points: 0.

Bio: Rejected by Harlequins as a schoolboy, Kruis has been turned into an international at Saracens.

Joe Launchbury.

Age: 24.

Position: Lock.

Club: Wasps.

Caps: 22.

Test points: 10.

Bio: An engine-room mainstay of England's pack. Athletic and strong over the ball.

Chris Robshaw.

Age: 29.

Position: Back-row.

Club: Harlequins.

Caps: 37.

Test points: 10.

Bio: Criticised in some quarters for not being a natural openside, but boasts astonishing work rate.

Tom Wood.

Age: 28.

Position: Back-row.

Club: Northampton Saints.

Caps: 37.

Test points: 0.

Bio: Cast as the Richard Hill of England's back row, doing much of the unseen work.

James Haskell.

Age: 30.

Position: Back-row.

Club: Wasps.

Caps: 59.

Test points: 20.

Bio: A brutish and muscular presence with the ability to cover all three back row positions.

Billy Vunipola.

Age: 22.

Position: Back-row.

Club: Saracens.

Caps: 17.

Test points: 15.

Bio: Brother of prop Mako, Billy is a wrecking-ball number eight who has slimmed down.

Ben Morgan.

Age: 26.

Position: Back-row.

Club: Gloucester.

Caps: 28.

Test points: 25.

Bio: Recovered from a broken leg in time to make the squad, doubts persist over his fitness.

Ben Youngs.

Age: 25.

Position: Scrum-half.

Club: Leicester.

Caps: 47.

Test points: 45.

Bio: A lively scrum-half who has been reinstated as England's first choice.

Richard Wigglesworth.

Age: 32.

Position: Scrum-half.

Club: Saracens.

Caps: 22.

Test points: 5.

Bio: Greatest strength is his game management and ability to organise. A general.

Danny Care.

Age: 28.

Position: Scrum-half.

Club: Harlequins.

Caps: 51.

Test points: 44.

Bio: England's most explosive scrum-half, potent with ball in hand sniping the fringes.

George Ford.

Age: 22.

Position: Fly-half.

Club: Bath.

Caps: 12.

Test points: 119.

Bio: A creator with the hands to put players into space. Could be outstanding, but still raw.

Owen Farrell.

Age: 23.

Position: Fly-half.

Club: Saracens.

Caps: 30.

Test points: 294.

Bio: A more dependable fly-half option than Ford, but lacks his rival's vision.

Brad Barritt.

Age: 29.

Position: Centre.

Club: Saracens.

Caps: 22.

Test points: 10.

Bio: What he lacks in attack he makes up for with his bravery in the tackle. Fearless.

Jonathan Joseph.

Age: 24.

Position: Centre.

Club: Bath.

Caps: 12.

Test points: 25.

Bio: England's main dangerman with his dazzling feet and arching runs in outside channels.

Henry Slade.

Age: 22.

Position: Centre.

Club: Exeter.

Caps: 1.

Test points: 0.

Bio: Slade's inclusion is a triumph of artistry over brute force. An exciting prospect.

Sam Burgess.

Age: 26.

Position: Centre.

Club: Bath.

Caps: 1.

Test points: 0.

Bio: Big hitting league convert who has yet to convince as a union centre.

Jack Nowell.

Age: 22.

Position: Wing.

Club: Exeter.

Caps: 9.

Test points: 20.

Bio: Nuggety wing whose small stature belies his strength and ability to break the tackle.

Anthony Watson.

Age: 21.

Position: Wing.

Club: Bath.

Caps: 10.

Test points: 20.

Bio: Developing into a deadly finisher at Test level. Slippery and quick.

Jonny May.

Age: 25.

Position: Wing.

Club: Gloucester.

Caps: 15.

Test points: 20.

Bio: Among the quickest players in world rugby - just ask the All Blacks.

Mike Brown.

Age: 29.

Position: Full-back.

Club: Harlequins.

Caps: 38.

Test points: 30.

Bio: Tenacious and fiery competitor who is rock solid under the high ball.

Alex Goode.

Age: 27.

Position: Full-back.

Club: Saracens.

Caps: 18.

Test points: 3.

Bio: Classy playmaking option at full-back. Looks for space rather than the tackle.

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