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England left center Ben Te’o out of its Rugby World Cup squad on Monday after he was involved in a scuffle with a teammate at a training camp in Italy.
Te’o lost his place to utility back Piers Francis as coach Eddie Jones sprang a few surprises in his 31-man group destined for Japan next month.
Jones included uncapped wing Ruaridh McConnochie, a former sevens specialist, and also gave World Cup opportunities to hooker Jack Singleton, flanker Lewis Ludlam and 32-year-old scrumhalf Willi Heinz just 24 hours after their test debuts.
They all made their first appearances in Sunday’s victory over Six Nations champion Wales. Ludlam was particularly impressive in the 33-19 win at Twickenham that prevented Wales replacing world champion New Zealand as rugby’s top-ranked side.
As expected, Jones left out former captain Dylan Hartley, scrumhalf Danny Care, flyhalf Danny Cipriani and fullback Mike Brown
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