Owen Farrell England Rugby World Cup squad: Ben Te’o left out with Piers Francis, Lewis Ludlam and Ruaridh McConnochie named

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Ben Te’o has been left out of England’s Rugby World Cup squad, with Eddie Jones selecting Northampton Saints centre Piers Francis instead.

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Jones has also dropped Exeter tighthead prop Harry Williams with Jones deciding to trust Kyle Sinckler and Dan Cole to share the workload in Japan.

Uncapped Bath back Ruaridh McConnochie has forced his way into the 31-man squad, while scrum-half Willi Heinz, flanker Lewis Ludlam and hooker Jack Singleton are all included after making their international debuts in Sunday’s 33-19 victory on Sunday.

The decision to drop Te’o comes after the former Worcester centre was involved in an altercation with Mike Brown during the warm-weather training camp in Treviso, with the Harlequins full-back also missing out, but it remains a surprise given how highly-rated Te’o has been during Jones’ reign.

It means that Jones will take 17 forwards and 14 backs to Japan – with six players included to cover the back-three alone. Uncapped McConnochie was due to make his debut in Sunday’s Test against Wales but was fo

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