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Which West Country rugby players will represent England in Japan?

England's 31-man line-up has been announced Credit: ITV News

Eddie Jones has named his 31-man England squad to travel to the Rugby World Cup in Japan this September.

Nine have been picked from West Country teams.

Gloucester's Willi Heinz made his debut in Sunday's defeat against Wales and is one of those to be selected.

Exeter Chiefs saw three of their players named as part of the squad - but Ben Moon and Harry Williams, who've played for England before, were both left out.

Bath Rugby saw five big names included:

After an impressive first season with Bath, McConnochie is the only uncapped player in a squad, which contains over 1,000 caps.

England have named their squad almost a month in advance of World Rugby's deadline.

Jones said:

A lot of good players have missed out. We feel for them, I feel for them personally.

But as we know the World Cup is an incredible tournament where opportunities can present themselves and all those players who have missed out have been told they have to be ready.

We have taken the decision to go early because of what we learned from previous campaigns.

We want the squad to know early and now we can get on and be the best prepared England side there has ever been, ready to win the World Cup.

– Eddie Jones

Forwards:

  • Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 86 caps)
  • Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)
  • Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 11 caps)
  • Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 10 caps)
  • Jamie George (Saracens, 37 caps)
  • Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27 caps)
  • George Kruis (Saracens, 32 caps)
  • Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 59 caps)
  • Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 72 caps)
  • Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)
  • Joe Marler (Harlequins, 58 caps)
  • Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22 caps)
  • Jack Singleton (Saracens, 1 cap)
  • Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 9 caps)
  • Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 42 caps)
  • Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53 caps)
  • Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons / Sale Sharks, 13 caps)

Backs:

  • Backs: Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 5 caps)
  • Elliot Daly (Saracens, 31 caps)
  • Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70 caps)
  • George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 56 caps)
  • Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)
  • Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
  • Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 41 caps)
  • Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 45 caps)
  • Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
  • Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps)
  • Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps)
  • Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 33 caps)
  • Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 34 caps)
  • Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 86 caps)