Ben Te’O and Mike Brown dropped from England’s squad after bust-up at Italian training camp

England’s World Cup squad

Forwards Dan Cole (Leicester, 86 caps), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter, 12 caps), Tom Curry (Sale, 11 caps), Ellis Genge (Leicester, 10 caps), Jamie George (Saracens, 37 caps), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27 caps), George Kruis (Saracens, 32 caps), Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 59 caps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton, 72 caps), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton, 1 cap), Joe Marler (Harlequins, 58 caps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22 caps), Jack Singleton (Saracens, 1 cap), Sam Underhill (Bath, 9 caps), Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 42 caps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53 caps), Mark Wilson (Newcastle/Sale, 13 caps).

 

Backs Joe Cokanasiga (Bath, 5 caps), Elliot Daly (Saracens, 31 caps), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70 caps), George Ford (Leicester, 56 caps), Piers Francis (Northampton, 5 caps), Willi Heinz (Gloucester, 1 cap), Jonathan Joseph (Bath, 41 caps), Jonny May (Leicester, 45 caps), Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath, uncapped Jack Nowell (Exeter, 33 caps), Henry Slade (Exeter, 22 caps), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester, 33 caps), Anthony Watson (Bath, 34 caps), Ben Youngs (Leicester, 86 caps).

 

Ben Te’O has been omitted from England’s World Cup squad following his off-field altercation with Mike Brown during recent warm-weather camp in Trevisio. 

 

Te’o could yet be recalled given his importance to the squad alongside Manu Tuilagi, with the week-long absence proving to serve as a punishment for his behaviour. But it is not the first time that he has found himself in breach of the disciplinary rules imposed on the team this year after both he and No 8 Billy Vunipola were forced to apologise to the rest of the team following a late-night drinking session after the 38-38 Six Nations draw with Scotland.

 

The 32-year-old is the biggest casualty from Jones’ 31-man squad, with Piers Francis set to replace him. Speaking after England announced their squad for the opening Quilter International, assistant coach John Mitchell suggested that Te’o had been struggling with injury, although details of a suspected calf strain are not known due to the 32-year-old currently without a club after leaving Worcester Warriors at the end of the season.

 

“Ben wasn’t in the squad this week,” Mitchell said. “He was managing back. He wasn’t in full load. He actually participated in parts of training in the second week in Treviso.”

 

Lewis Ludlam and Willi Heinz have both been included after their impressive debuts against Wales on Sunday while Ruaridh McConnochie is also picked, making him the first uncapped member of an England World Cup squad since Joe Simpson in 2011.

 

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