Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
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Ben Te’o left out of England World Cup squad

Ben Te’o left out of England World Cup squad

Tries from Billy Vunipola, Joe Cokanasiga and Luke Cowan-Dickie and a ideal kicking display from stand-in captain George Ford prevented a strong Wales side from replacing New Zealand at the top of the rankings.

Meanwhile former captain Dylan Hartley was omitted following the hooker's long-term absence through concussion and then a knee injury.

Jones refused to go into details over the exclusion of Te'o who was previously reprimanded for a late-night drinking session with Billy Vunipola at the end of this year's Six Nations.

"To leave the scene for a period of time like I did and come back in and see how much the younger guys and the not-so-senior boys that were 18 months ago, to have seen them grow... they are starting to talk a lot more, their leadership roles have grown a lot more in the group - really impressive". "But as we know the World Cup is an incredible tournament where opportunities can present themselves and all those players who have missed out have been told they have to be ready".

British & Irish Lions midfielder Ben Te'o during training in Cardiff, Wales.

Jones has previously set great store by the importance of experience in building a squad for a World Cup.


Leicester Tigers forward Dan Cole and scrum-half Youngs are the most experienced players included in the selection - the pair boast 86 worldwide caps each and both represented England in their disappointing home Rugby World Cup campaign in 2015. Flanker Tom Curry is in after he left the field against Wales with a shoulder injury that Jones said was only minor.

Wales did not know what had hit it as England made a blistering start, the brilliant Vunipola crashing over four minutes in with Heinz dictating and the forwards overpowering the Wales pack.

"Gareth Anscombe is out of Rugby World Cup contention after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the match against England yesterday", read a statement from the Welsh Rugby Union.

"We have taken the decision to go early because of what we learned from previous campaigns", he said.

It comes following his debut for the national side yesterday in a World Cup warm up win against Wales.

England kick off their World Cup campaign on September 22, with Tonga the opponents in Sapporo, Japan.

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