London – Sam Burgess was included in England’s final 31-man squad for the World Cup announced on Thursday just 10 months after changing codes from rugby league.Burgess, the man-of-the-match in South Sydney Rabbitohs’ win in the Australian National Rugby League Grand Final, was included after playing just 70 minutes of Test rugby union – his debut in a 19-14 win over France at Twickenham a fortnight ago seeing him sin-binned for 10 minutes

England World Cup squad

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Backs (14)

Back three: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Anthony Watson (Bath)

Centres: Brad Barritt (Saracens), Sam Burgess (Bath), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Henry Slade (Exeter)

Flyhalves: Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath)

Scrumhalves: Danny Care (Harlequins), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Ben Youngs (Leicester)

Forwards (17)

Back-rows: James Haskell (Wasps), Ben Morgan (Gloucester), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), Billy Vunipola (Saracens) Tom Wood (Northampton)

Second-rows: George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Geoff Parling (Exeter)

Props: Kieran Brookes (Northampton), Dan Cole (Leicester), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), David Wilson (Bath)

Hookers: Jamie George (Saracens), Rob Webber (Bath), Tom Youngs (Leicester