A brilliant XV of players who have missed out on their Rugby World Cup training squads


15. Alex Goode (England)

The European player of the year is possibly the most unlucky out of everyone, but has never been liked by Jones, earning his last cap in 2016 despite his consistency for Saracens.

14. Simon Zebo (Ireland)

Zebo’s exclusion is no surprise – but that doesn’t mean that the Racing 92 star won’t be annoyed that he hasn’t been considered. Joe Schmidt closed the door on Zebo the moment his move to Paris was announced before the 2017 autumn tests, and although the 29-year-old has produced some great rugby since arriving in the Top 14, Schmidt has shown no sign of calling a halt to Ireland’s unwritten rule around overseas selection.

Ireland Rugby Captain’s Run, Stadio Olimpico, Rome 6/2/2015
Jared Payne and Simon Zebo Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

13. Mathieu Bastareaud (France)

The powerhouse centre, who was Les Bleus’s vice-captain during a disappointing Six Nations campaign, did not feature in the list of 31 and the six standby players who will start preparation for the tournament from June 25th. 

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