Te'o left out of England squad for World Cup

Sports | REUTERS 13 Aug 2019

England coach Eddie Jones left experienced center Ben Te'o out of his 31-man Rugby World Cup squad and included uncapped winger Ruaridh McConnochie.

Jones opted for only two scrum-halves, the experienced Ben Youngs and rookie Willi Heinz, for the tournament in Japan starting next month.

Fly-half Owen Farrell was named captain and McConnochie is the only uncapped player in the squad. Eight players named were from Premiership champions Saracens including lock Maro Itoje, No 8 Billy Vunipola and prop Mako Vunipola.

Flanker Lewis Ludlam and hooker Jack Singleton, who won their first caps alongside Heinz in the 33-19 win over Wales in a warm-up match on Sunday, also made the cut. But there was no place for Te'o, who was excluded from the final week of a training camp after being involved in an altercation with teammate Mike Brown.

Although teams have until September 8 to submit their squads, Jones decided to name his early.

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