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A Rugby Football Union spokesperson confirmed there was an “altercation” during a social event at the squad’s heat and humidity training camp in Italy last week.

As a result, Te’o and Brown were dropped from the squad for Sunday’s visit of Wales to Twickenham in a match staged 24 hours before head coach Eddie Jones finalises his 31-man World Cup squad.

Despite the RFU’s earlier admission, Jones bizarrely replied when asked about the incident: “No, I’m not able to confirm that. I’m not able to confirm. I think I’ve answered the question.”

Plans for the opening warm-up Test against Warren Gatland’s team have been disturbed by injuries to centre Henry Slade, flanker Sam Underhill and wing Ruaridh McConnochie.

A day after naming the starting XV, Jones was forced into a significant reshuffle, incl

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