On Monday, England announced their squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup and a cluster of National League Rugby clubs featured as part of the unveiling. (Photo Credit: PA)
England Rugby’s media team released a video which included all 33 of the players Steve Borthwick will be taking to France and alongside their names was also the club where each individual began their rugby journey.
Vice-captain Ellis Genge was first to appear with now National Two West club Old Redcliffians featuring, whilst the most inexperienced member of the squad – Theo Dan – started out at National One outfit Blackheath.
National League Rugby clubs playing their part again 🧩@Saracens' Theo Dan is one of England's World Cup hopefuls and both @Blackheath_1858 and @BSRUGBY have helped him on his way 🔝#Nat1 #PlayerPathway https://t.co/b4EqIvWqqm
— National League Rugby (@Natleague_rugby) July 13, 2023
Ben Earl, who will be keen to make an impact out in France after another strong season with Saracens, began with Sevenoaks whilst scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet was with North Walsham.
Elsewhere, centre duo Manu Tuilagi and Ollie Lawrence began at Hinckley and Moseley, respectfully.
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Whilst Maro Itoje’s club was Harpenden RFC, the England star also learnt his trade at Old Albanian as did Max Malins, who began life as a mini and junior at National One side Bishop’s Stortford.
Are there any more National League Rugby clubs connected to any members of the England squad? If so, let us know! #PlayerPathway