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Aug 13, 2019

Jones ready for England 'family fall-out' at World Cup

England coach Eddie Jones believes off-field problems will be part and parcel of his side's Rugby World Cup campaign after his surprise move in leaving out centre Ben Te'o from his squad for Japan.

The former rugby league star was the major omission when Jones announced his 31-man party for the September 20-November 2 tournament on Monday, with Te'o losing out to Piers Francis, who only has five caps behind him.

Te'o has long been a favourite of Jones during the Australian's time as England boss but a reported altercation with full-back Mike Brown during a warm-weather training camp in Italy a fortnight ago cast a cloud over his possible involvement at the World Cup.

Jones, who took charge following England's first-round exit on home soil in 2015, refused to reveal whether disciplinary reasons were behind his decision to ditch Te'o, simply saying the 32-year-old was not one of the best 31 players available to him.
 

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