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England announce 31-man squad for #RWC2015

Coach Lancaster has gone with 17 forwards and 14 backs in his side and has kept Chris Robshaw as captain.

FILE: England head coach Stuart Lancaster has named his final 31-man group of players who will represent England in this year’s Rugby World Cup.

JOHANNESBURG - England head coach Stuart Lancaster has delivered his final 31-man group of players who will represent England in this year's Rugby World Cup, which the country will host from 18 September to 31 October.

Lancaster has gone with 17 forwards and 14 backs in his side and has kept Chris Robshaw as his captain for the six-week long tournament.

Durban-born centre and former Sharks player Brad Barritt has also made the cut in the England squad.

Barritt played for the Sharks for three years before moving to Aviva Premiership side Saracens where he now plies his trade.

The most notable exclusion from the English team is that of Sale Sharks flyhalf Danny Cirpriani, who's exclusion was already being speculated on Wednesday, despite him putting up a strong performance against France at the weekend.

ENGLAND'S RUGBY WORLD CUP SQUAD

FORWARDS

Kieran Brookes, Dan Cole, Joe Marler, Mako Vunipola, David Wilson, Jamie George, Rob Webber, Tom Youngs, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Geoff Parling, James Haskell, Ben Morgan, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola, Tom Wood

BACKS

Danny Care, Richard Wigglesworth, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Brad Barritt, Sam Burgess, Jonathan Joseph, Henry Slade, Mike Brown, Alex Goode, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson