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Bristol –Ben Te’owas a shock omission fromEngland’s31-man squad for the 2019 World Cup in Japan announced by coach Eddie Jones on Monday.

New Zealand-born Te’o lost out to Piers Francis among four England centres, despite being an ever-present choice under Australian boss Jones when available.

The 32-year-old was reported to have been involved in a scuffle with Mike Brown at the England squad’s training camp in Italy a fortnight ago.

And now the 18-times capped midfielder, who also has two British and Irish Lions Test appearances to his credit, has failed to make the World Cup squad.

By contrast uncapped former sevens specialist Ruaridh McConnochie was included following the wing’s strong end to the season for Bath.

Scrumhalf Willi Heinz, flanker Lewis Ludlam and hooker Jack Singleton, who all made their debuts in Sunday’s 33-19 World Cup warm-up defeat of Wales, were also selected.

But Brad Shields was left out as the New Zealand-born back-row forward continues his recovery from the foot injury he incurred during the training camp in Treviso.

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