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Who should England pick after World Cup catastrophe?

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After England's premature Rugby World Cup exit on home soil, the question begs itself: who will stay and who will go for the Six Nations in 2016?

Alex Corbisiero

Despite his injury problems and being left out of the World Cup squad, Corbisiero is arguably still the best scrummaging loosehead prop on the British Isles. He oozes a quality that England need in their weaker pack.

Dylan Hartley

Another who missed out on World Cup selection, but for completely different reasons. He wins out over Tom Youngs due to his superiority at the set-piece.

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Dan Cole

Cole retains his place here due to the fact that Kieran Brookes does not, as yet, seem ready for a starting role, whereas the 28-year-old has been strong in the past for England.

Courtney Lawes

Lawes is the engine room of the England side and should take up more line out duties in Geoff Parling's absence. He will be crucial to the side and his physicality in defence is a breath of fresh air over Parling.

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Joe Launchbury

Launchbury is a future England captain, but as of now he is not ready for it. The 24-year-old deserves the honour not only for England, but also the British and Irish Lions at some stage. He is another of the Wasps' strong forward pack.

Tom Wood

Wood hangs onto his place at the moment as Sam Burgess is not all set to take his spot in the back row. Wood should also take on the captaincy as he was supposed to before the 2012 Six Nations when he got injured.

Will Fraser

The surprise package of the England side, Fraser caused Chris Robshaw all sorts of problems when they faced off last season and is a true openside flanker. Fraser has the chance to be England's Pocock with his physicality and scavenging ability.

Billy Vunipola

Vunipola is given the starting berth here, as Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes has not yet qualified for England but will do so in 2016. Hughes has earned rave reviews with England scrum coach Graham Rowntree, but Vunipola is still more promising deserves the number eight jersey - for now, at least.

Danny Care

Care is still young enough to play at the next World Cup and with Ben Youngs stuttering, England should look to Care to provide the spark for their backline.

George Ford

Ford should have started every game at the World Cup, but a mistake was made in leaving him on the bench for their two most crucial games. He is the key cog in this potentially world-beating England backline.

Jonny May

May gets this spot due to being a far superior attacking threat than Jack Nowell, but don't be surprised if he loses his place in the Six Nations.

Henry Slade

Slade looked quite the player against Uruguay and also in the World Cup warm-ups against France. He has earned his chance in an England shirt for a stretch of time, Exeter Chiefs just need to play him at inside centre more often.

Jonathan Joseph

Joseph is a talent - he has flair, courage and the most fabulous feet in this England backline. The 24-year-old will be needed if England are to recover.

Anthony Watson

Watson earned some rave reviews in the World Cup and came out largely unscathed despite some of his high ball troubles against Nemani Nadolo. He should get another go on the wing in the Six Nations or maybe even a run at fullback at some stage.

Mike Brown

Brown was strong for England until the game against Australia, against whom he looked tentative. He keeps his spot, but he is a temporary option - he will be too old come the next World Cup, perhaps present an opening for the mercurial Danny Cipriani to be given a shot.

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