Steve Borthwick will take Marcus Smith to France with the England World Cup team.

Steve Borthwick, the head coach of England, says that his final 33-person World Cup team is “pretty clear” and that only “one or two places” need to be filled.

Borthwick said that he will take three scrum-halves and fly-halves to France when he names his team on Monday.

Marcus Smith and Danny Care are expected to be picked because of this decision.

“Most of the 33 make sense. “There are a few places where pencil writing needs to be changed to pen writing,” Borthwick told BBC Sport.

Smith will start against Wales, but Genge will be in charge.
Eddie Jones, the head coach for England, was given a 31-person team for the 2019 World Cup. He chose Owen Farrell and George Ford as his fly-halves and Ben Spencer as an injury replacement for the final.

Borthwick’s current training group has three fly-halves: Farrell, Ford, and Smith. Care, Ben Youngs, and Jack van Poortvliet from Leicester Tigers are scrum-halves.

Borthwick says that all six are expected to go to the 2023 tournament because World Rugby has made the size of the team bigger.

“I think it’s pretty clear, since I’ve kept three scrum halves and three fly halves in camp,” he said.

The head coach also said that being able to play in different roles is “extremely valuable,” giving priority to players who can do that.

“You have to be able to change,” he said. “We’ll have to do that during this event, and we’ve kept the number of players in each camp to a minimum.

“I’m very aware that the players outside of the 33 who will be named on Monday will need to be ready to be the next ones in.” What I see now is that this team has built teamwork, fitness, and clear roles so that anyone can fit into the 33.”

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