In a recent series of articles we have put together England teams made up of the best players from the North, the Midlands and the South East, but now we turn our attentions to the South West.
All players in this side were either born and/or bred in the area.
The ‘South West’ England XV
1) Ellis Genge
England coach Eddie Jones has a lot of time for the exciting loosehead and the Bristol-born prop continues to be part of the Australian’s England plans.
2) Luke Cowan-Dickie
Cowan-Dickie is emerging as one of the most promising hookers in the country, and if not for injury he would be competing with Jamie George and Tommy Taylor for one England shirt. Born in Truro and educated in the area, Cowan-Dickie is a Cornish lad through-and-through.
3) Ben Moon
Born in Tiverton, the English tighthead has spent his entire professional career at Exeter Chiefs.
4) Joe Launchbury
Although Launchbury’s rugby education occured at Harlequins and Wasps, the second row was born in Exeter before later moving to Horsham.
5) Dave Attwood
Bristol-born Attwood will be overjoyed that his recent club form has seen him rewarded with a place in England’s most recent EPS squad.
6) Tom Johnson
Like Matt Kvesic, Johnson was born in Germany, but grew up in Cheltenham and attended Dean Close School. Although coming late to Premiership rugby, the flanker made eight appearances for his country.
7) Matt Kvesic
Although Kvesic first got his chance at Worcester Warriors, the openside grew up in Devon – attending Blundell’s School – before moving to the Warriors Academy at the age of 14.
8) Lewis Ludlow
Keep an eye out for young Gloucester number eight Ludlow (not to be confused with Northampton Saints’ Lewis Ludlam). Educated at Hartpury College, the young backrower signed a senior contract with his club in January and will be looking for more opportunities this season.
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9) Dave Lewis
Although Exeter Chiefs’ scrum half was born in Manchester, Lewis grew up in the South West and first established himself as a Premiership player at Gloucester.
10) Freddie Burns
Born in Bath and educated at Beechen Cliff School in the city, Burns has been unlucky to be a talented English fly-half at a time when there are so many quality contenders for one shirt.
11) Jonny May
Speedster May was born in Swindon and spent time at the famous Hartpury College before establishing himself at Gloucester. Now back from injury, it seems likely the winger will come back into the England reckoning within the next month.
12) Henry Slade
England EPS member Slade was born in Plymouth and was educated at Plymouth College. Slade has been at the heart of Exeter Chiefs’ emergence is a Premiership outfit and ultimately title contenders.
13) Henry Trinder
Born in Swindon, educated at Cirencester Kingshill School and Hartpury College. Trinder has been particularly unfortunate with injuries, stalling any potential international career.
14) Jack Nowell
You’ll often read journalists eulogising about Nowell’s family background, with the Exeter utility back being the first of his stock not to be a fisherman. Born in Truro and educated at Mounts Bay Academy and Truro College, Nowell has emerged as one of England’s most reliable and consistent performers.
15) Tom Homer
Bath fullback Homer was born in Salisbury and educated at Milton Abbey School in Dorset.
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