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World Cup missing XV: The star-studded Premiership team not travelling to Japan

After England head coach Eddie Jones announced his 31-man squad for the 2019 World Cup, we decided to put together a star-studded XV that will be gracing the Gallagher Premiership from the off after missing out on the plane to Japan.

There would have been more than a few disappointed players on Monday afternoon as England head coach Eddie Jones announced his 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Among the most notable omissions were former international stalwarts Ben Te'o and Mike Brown, while uncapped winger Ruaridh McConnochie was handed a shock call-up after a breakout season for Bath.

Boasting one of the deepest player pools in world rugby, England have an abundance of riches in almost every position, but Jones will be leaving plenty of talent behind when his squad board the plane to Japan.

But the World Cup's loss is the Gallagher Premiership's gain and BT Sport viewers will have the pleasure of watching this star-studded cast of entertainers come the start of the new league campaign on October 18 - beginning with the Friday night clash between Bristol Bears and Bath.

15. Alex Goode

England's forgotten man under Jones.

Exceptional performances for Saracens in European and domestic competitions have not been enough to earn him a much-deserved recall.

The mercurial playmaker has not won an international cap since November 2016 and his England career looks over unless Jones moves on post-World Cup.

14. Ollie Thorley

A breakout season for Gloucester thrust the 22-year-old into World Cup contention earlier this year.

Quick, agile and deceptively strong, the rookie wing was an ever-present on weekly highlights reels last season.

Set to play a crucial role for the Cherry and Whites as they look to bounce back from play-off semi-final heartbreak.

13. Joe Marchant

The 23-year-old has been omitted from Jones' Japan plans despite featuring in last Sunday's World Cup warm-up win over Wales.

Only Cobus Reinach and Denny Solomona scored more tries than the Harlequins centre's tally of 11 as the south west Londonders narrowly missed out on a play-off berth.

With many tipping him for a bright future, he will take solace from the fact this won't be his one and only chance at realising his World Cup dream.

12. Ben Te'o

The headline omission from Monday's 31-man squad.

The British and Irish Lion was handed his England debut by Jones but two high-profile breaches of discipline in the past two months have cost him his place.

The wrecking-ball centre is currently without a club after ending his four-year association with Worcester Warriors at the end of last season, but don't be surprised if we see him lining up for a Premiership team come opening weekend.

11. Mike Brown

The Quins veteran would have had high hopes of making the plane after taking part in England's pre-World Cup training camp in Treviso, Italy, last week.

But an alleged bust up with Ben Te'o put pay to the 33-year-old's hopes of re-igniting an international career that had gone cold.

England's loss will be Quins gain, though. No player produced more offloads in the league last season and Brown's experience will be invaluable as they look to go one better next season after their fifth-place finish.

10. Danny Cipriani

Another once-in-a-generation talent deemed surplus to requirements by Jones.

Steered Gloucester to a third-place finish last season with an impressive mix of tactical maturity, game management and spell-binding flair.

Had 32 break-assist passes last season, almost double that of his nearest competitor, earning him the RPA Player of the Year award.

Sure to be the leading creative force when the Cherry and Whites open up against Cipriani's former club, Sale Sharks.

9. Ben Spencer

At one point it looked as though Spencer was a shoo-in to be one of Jones' World Cup scrum-halves.

A commanding season behind Saracens' gargantuan Premiership pack was followed by a man-of-the-match performance in the club's Champions Cup final win over Leinster, leading head coach Mark McCall to admit he would be 'surprised' if Spencer didn't go to Japan.

But Jones' decision to take just two scrum-halves along with the sudden emergence of Gloucester nine Will Heinz means Spencer misses out.

8. Nathan Hughes

The giant number eight was a shock absentee when Jones named his preliminary training squad in June.

The omission will have come as a huge shock to the 28-year-old who regurlarly impressed in deputising for the injury-prone Billy Vunipola since making his debut under Jones in November 2016.

Now the former Wasps star will make his Bristol Bears debut when the West Countrymen take on Bath in the curtain raiser to the 2019/20 season.

7. Ben Curry

It must be hard to watch your identical twin get called up to England's World Cup squad.

While brother Tom is in pole position to take the number seven shirt for England's opening game against Tonga, Ben will be lining up Sale in the Sharks' first game against Gloucester.

Strong, athletic and intelligent, Curry is a constant breakdown pest is sure to be near the top of next season's turnover charts.

6. Chris Robshaw

England's second-most capped captain of all time has been denied his shot at World Cup redemption after overseeing the country's disastrous group-stage exit in 2015.

The 33-year-old was always facing an uphill challenge in forcing his way back into Jones' plans after suffering a long-term knee injury in October 2018. 

His return to playing action at the back end of last season helped spearhead Harlequins' charge up the table and the veteran flanker will be determind to prove he has an England future when the south west Londoners travel to Exeter Chiefs in round one.

5. Charlie Ewels

Another surprise missing name after a versatile performance in Saturday's victory over Wales at Twickenham.

The Bath forward started the game at lock but ended up being used as a makeshift flanker as Jones re-jigged his pack ahead of Monday's squad announcement.

Bath prepare for a season with high expectations following a number of new arrivals and will welcome his presence from the off.

4. Alex Dombrandt

One of last season's surprise packages.

Brutal, direct ball-carrying combined with high work rate thrust the former Cardiff Met amateur into World Cup contention.

Ultimately fell victim to England's vast talent pool but will remain on Jones' radar should injuries arise in Japan.

3. Harry Williams

The Exeter Chief loosehead could yet feature at the World Cup should injury beset England's front row.

The 27-year-old was a regular 'game-changer' in England's past two Six Nations campaigns but has been pipped to a front row World Cup berth by Mako Vunipola and Ellis Genge.

2. Dylan Hartley

The man who took over from Robshaw as captain after England's 2015 nightmare will not be in Japan to see the fruition of four years of hard work.

Injuries and suspensions hampered the Northampton Saints hooker's international career in recent years, ultimately allowing Jamie George to cecede him as England's first-choice number two.

Saints head coach Chris Boyd will be quietly thrilled to have a man of Hartley's experience at his disposal.

1. Ben Moon

Joe Marler's decision to come out of international retirement put pay to Moon's World Cup dream.

Marler’s experience along with Ellis Genge’s considerable impact in the loose means Jones has opted to go with just the two tightheads.

Moon and Williams's omission will be bad news for Exeter's Premiership rivals who would have been hoping the World Cup would weaken the formidable pack that has led the Chiefs to back-to-back first place finishes in the regular season.

Replacements: Tommy Taylor, Don Armaund, Brad Shields, Zach Mercer, Sam Simmonds, Alex Locowski, Dan Robson, Ollie Devoto, Denny Solomona

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