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Six Nations Tournament.  France – England: England's regular XV playing in the top 14

Six Nations Tournament. France – England: England's regular XV playing in the top 14

Picked 16 times with XV de la Rose between 2014 and 2016, the 33-year-old pillar will move from RCT to Perpignan this summer. He is predominantly a “right-hander”, but he already played on the left in his younger years at Newcastle.

2. Jack Singleton (Toulon)

Hooker (27, 3 caps) joined Toulon in December from Gloucester as a medical joker until the end of the season.

3. Harry Williams (Montpellier)

After spending most of his career at Exeter, the right-back (age 32, 19 caps) arrived at MHR last summer in the suitcases of England coach Richard Cockerill, who was sacked.

4. Joel Gboku (Lyon)

The 24-year-old second row has been playing at LOU since 2021, where he has gradually earned his starting lines. His two brothers are in France: his twin Jonathan in Bourgogne (3rd Division) and Junior in Racing (18 years old).

5. David Rippons (Toulon)

Originally from South Africa, the 28-year-old second-row has 10 caps for England, with whom he finished third at the last World Cup before switching to War for three seasons.

6. Deamana Harrison (Provence Rugby)

The New Zealand-born third row played five times for England before leaving his long-time club Northampton for French Pro T2 and Provence Rugby in 2022. He is the undisputed front-runner in the race to climb into the top 14 this season.

7. Jack Willis (Toulouse)

He carved out a special place for himself at Stade Toulouse, which welcomed the prized third row (27 years, 14 caps) with open arms following the Wasps' bankruptcy in the autumn of 2022.

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8. Sam Simmonds (Montpellier)

An iconic Exeter player arrived at the Herald last summer as a third center line (age 29, 18 caps) with the tough task of making him forget his compatriot Zach Mercer, a top 14 player in 2021-2022.

9. Dan Robson (Paw)

Like Willis, the scrum-half (age 32, 14 caps) crossed the Channel after being placed in Wasps receivership and has adapted well to Byrne's wind.

10. Joe Simmonds (Paw)

The new Montpellier makes a 100% English hinge in the pav section with Sam Simmonds' little brother Robson. The 27-year-old fly-half is the current top scorer in the Top 14 (178 points) list.

11. Alistair Crossdale (Perbignan)

Another wasp repellent. The Under-20 international made his mark at 26-year-old winger Usab, where he extended his contract until 2025.

12. Joe Marchant (French Stadium)

Holder has left Marchant (27 years, 26 caps) at the heart of England's attack at the 2023 World Cup to join XV de la Roses with Stade Francaise.

13. Jack Nowell (La Rochelle)

The former Exeter player (age 30, 45 caps) has been deployed on the wing and at center by Ronan O'Carr, his new coach at La Rochelle.

14. Christian Wade (Racing 92)

The powerful winger (32 years, 1 selection) returns to rugby in 2022, for Racing, after trying his hand at American football for three years.

15. Henry Arundel (Racing 92)

English rugby lost a great deal when its nugget left for Racing (21 years, 10 caps). First 14 (7 attempts), full-back or winger extends his contract at Hauts-de-Seine until 2026.

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Trainer: Stuart Lancaster (Racing 92)