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Head coach Steve Borthwick is set to announce the 33-man England squad for the upcoming World Cup in France, providing players with much-needed clarity on their selection status. The announcement is scheduled for Monday morning, three weeks before the World Rugby deadline.

Richard Wigglesworth, speaking to BBC Sport, emphasized the importance of giving players clarity about their positions. He stated that they don’t want the upcoming matches to be seen as a selection shoot-out. The focus during August will be on preparation and building team cohesion, rather than solely on individual performances.

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England is scheduled to play four matches this month, including a return fixture against Wales at Twickenham, a showdown with Ireland in Dublin, and a match against Fiji back at Twickenham on 26 August.

Wigglesworth explained that England has maintained a relatively small squad throughout to avoid making everything about selection. The goal is to establish strong cohesion and clarity in their approach.

He emphasized that the final squad decisions will be challenging but important for the team’s preparation in France. The coaching staff has been engaged in ongoing discussions, considering various factors beyond just the performance in one Test match.

Wigglesworth, who has experienced two World Cups as a player (2011 and 2015), believes that players always want clarity regarding their roles and selections. He praised Steve Borthwick for his efforts in ensuring that players feel they have been treated fairly.

In injury updates, Ollie Chessum, Ollie Lawrence, and Billy Vunipola are all back in training, which is a positive sign for their potential inclusion in the squad.

Prop Will Stuart expressed excitement for the upcoming match, considering it an opportunity to showcase the hard work put in during the eight weeks of pre-season training. The team aims to put their best foot forward and demonstrate their readiness for the challenges ahead.

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