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The London, South And South East England XV

Having named both ‘Northern‘ and ‘Midland‘ teams, we now move on to creating a London, South and South East England XV – made up of players born and/or bred in those parts of the country.

1) Joe Marler

Born in Eastbourne, East Sussex and educated at Heathfield Community College in nearby Heathfield, Marler is now one of the leading props in the world – although he will likely be in a battle for the England loosehead shirt with Mako Vunipola for the years to come.

2) Jamie George

Likely to be England’s first choice hooker before the 2019 World Cup, George was born in Welwyn Garden City – a ‘new town’ just 20 miles from Kings Cross. His local club was Hertford before later joining the Saracens Academy.

3) Kyle Sinckler

Recently named in England’s 33 man squad for this year’s Autumn Internationals, Sinckler was born in Wandsworth, playing at Battersea Ironsides RFC after encouragement by his mother Donna. He was later spotted by Harlequins and joined their academy set-up.

4) Maro Itoje

Itoje turned 22 just a few days ago, but the youngster is quickly establishing himself as one of the leading names in the game. He was born in Camden and attended school in Salcombe, Harpenden and Harrow. He spent time playing at Harpenden RFC and Old Albanian RFC before breaking into the Saracens senior squad.

5) George Kruis

Itoje’s partner in crime, Kruis, was born in Guildford in Surrey and attended St John’s School in Leatherhead. He spent time playing at Dorking RFC before eventually being offered a trial with Saracens.

6) Chris Robshaw

Robshaw was born in Redhill, Surrey, playing for Warlingham RFC at a young age before moving on to Millfield school – eventually leading the school’s rugby team.

7) James Haskell

England flanker Haskell was born in Windsor in Berkshire and played at Maidenhead Rugby Club before joining up with Wasps.

8) James Chisholm

Harlequins number eight Chisholm was born in Haywards Heath in West Sussex, as well as attending school in Cuckfield and Brighton. At just 22, Chisholm still has plenty of time to force his way into the England reckoning.

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9) Joe Simpson

Simpson was born in Australia, but grew up in Ealing and played for the youth teams at Richmond RFC.

10) Danny Cipriani

One of the best attacking talents available to England, Cipriani was born in Roehampton, living with his mum in Putney before attending the famous Whitgift School in Croydon.

11) Marland Yarde

Born in Castries, Saint Lucia, Yarde’s family moved to England when he was nine years old. He was part of Queens Park Rangers’ football academy before later taking up rugby and earning a scholarship to Whitgift School.

12) Nick Tompkins

Adept at both 12 and 13, Saracens’ young centre was named in the England Saxons squad last summer and is already making an impact at his club. Born in Sidcup, Tompkins was key to England U20’s World Championship success in 2014.

13) Elliot Daly

Daly was born in Croydon and like some other players in this team was educated at Whitgift School. He will continue to push Derby-born Jonathan Joseph for that treasured number 13 jersey.

14) Anthony Watson

Bath winger Watson was born in Ashford in Surrey and attended St George’s College, Weybridge. The former London Irish back has developed into one of the best finishers in the game.

15) Mike Brown

Brown was born in Southampton and later attended Peter Symonds College in Hampshire. He is now England’s most capped fullback.

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