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Simmonds walks away from England's Rugby World Cup campaign

By Ian Cameron
Sam Simmonds of England during the Six Nations Rugby match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Back row Sam Simmonds has made the difficult decision to withdraw himself from contention for England’s Rugby World Cup squad.


Following in the footsteps of his fellow Exeter Chiefs teammate Jack Nowell, Montpellier bound Simmonds has opted out despite being available for selection by coach Steve Borthwick.

The news came as a shock to fans and pundits alike, considering Simmonds’ impressive performances during the Guinness Six Nations earlier this year. Having featured in every match, his contributions on the field had positioned him as a strong contender for the upcoming World Cup in France.

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Speculation surrounding the decision pointed to Simmonds’ recent signing with Montpellier in the Top 14. It appears that discussions with England’s management led to the conclusion that it would be in his best interest to focus on settling into his new club rather than participating in the flagship tournament.

While Simmonds is the second England player to rule himself out, it’s become something of a trend in Wales, where Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tupuric, Ross Moriarty, Cory Hill and Rhys Webb all turning their back on representing their country.

England training squad: Backs – H Arundell (London Irish), D Care (Harlequins), J Cokanasiga (Bath), O Hassell-Collins (London Irish), W Joseph (London Irish), O Lawrence (Bath), J Marchant (Harlequins), J May (Gloucester), C Murley (Harlequins), H Randall (Bristol), H Slade (Exeter), M Smith (Harlequins), B Spencer (Bath).

Forwards – J Blamire (Newcastle), A Dombrandt (Harlequins), T Dunn (Bath), C Ewels (Bath), E Genge (Bristol), T Hill (Bath), J Marler (Harlequins), Z Mercer (Montpellier), B Obano (Bath), T Pearson (London Irish), V Rapa-Ruskin (Gloucester), K Sinckler (Bristol), W Stuart (Bath), S Underhill (Bath), J Walker (Harlequins).


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Daniel 406 days ago

Doesn't say why

Nathan 407 days ago

Simmonds didn’t feature any of the Six Nations matches this year.

He was included in the training squads but he didn’t play in the test matches.

flyinginsectshrimp 407 days ago

all turning their back on representing their country.
What a nasty little man you are to make this accusation. Do you know their reasons for making themselves unavailable? I doubt you do.

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