Three former pupils of Harpenden St George's as well as one from Felsted have been selected by England for the men's 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Head coach Steve Borthwick has confirmed his official 33-player squad for the tournament which begins next month.

One of the former Georgians, Owen Farrell, will captain England in his third Rugby World Cup, and he will be joined by Saracens team-mate Maro Itoje and Sale Sharks' George Ford, both taught at the Sun Lane school.

Herts Advertiser: Max Malins (right) is going to France with England. Picture: BEN WHITLEY/PAMax Malins (right) is going to France with England. Picture: BEN WHITLEY/PA (Image: Ben Whitley/PA)

The Felsted pupil is Max Malins, who also had a loan at Old Albanian before breaking through into the Saracens ranks.

He moved to Bristol Bears this summer.

The squad is made up of 19 forwards and 14 backs and has a combined number of appearances for England totaling more than 1,400.

Of the group, 17 have played in a World Cup previously.

Borthwick said: "Rugby World Cups involve unique challenges in terms of the demands on players, the need for squad flexibility and the limited number of squad places available.

"France 2023 is no different but I am confident we have selected a squad that is able to meet those challenges and leave us best placed to be at our most competitive.

"There have been a number of very difficult selection decisions to make, given the quality of our wider training squad.

"Some very good players have missed out on selection, such has been the competition for places over the last eight weeks and more of preparation.

"As Saturday’s game in Cardiff proved [a 21-9 loss to Wales], we have a series of demanding test matches through August as we continue that preparation towards our opening pool game.

"We believe that announcing the squad a little earlier than otherwise might have been the case, brings a clarity and certainty to the group, allowing the players as much time as possible to settle and develop as a squad."

England begin their campaign against Argentina in Marseille on September 9.

Prior to that they face Wales at Twickenham on Saturday and then Ireland and Fiji.

England’s official 2023 Rugby World Cup squad

Forwards (19)
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 100 caps)***
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 45 caps)*
Theo Dan (Saracens, 1 cap)
Ben Earl (Saracens, 15 caps)
Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 49 caps)*
Jamie George (Saracens, 77 caps)**
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 67 caps)*
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 97 caps)***
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 20 caps)*
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 79 caps)**
George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
David Ribbans (Toulon, 6 caps)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 3 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 62 caps)*
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 26 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 68 caps) **
Jack Walker (Harlequins, 3 caps)
Jack Willis (Toulouse, 10 caps)

Backs (14)
Henry Arundell (Racing 92, 7 caps)
Danny Care (Harlequins, 88 caps)*
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 57 caps)*
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 106 caps)**
George Ford (Sale Sharks, 82 caps)**
Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 11 caps)
Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 19 caps)
Joe Marchant (Stade Francais, 16 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 22 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 23 caps)
Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 51 caps)**
Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 13 caps) 
Anthony Watson (unattached, 55 caps)**
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 122 caps)***

*denotes number of Rugby World Cup tournaments played

Saturday, September 9, 8pm – England v Argentina (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)
Sunday, September 17, 8pm – England v Japan (Stade de Nice, Nice)
Saturday, September 23, 4.45pm – England v Chile (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)
Saturday, October 7, 4.45pm – England v Samoa (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)