Bristol - Ben
Te'o was a shock omission from England's 31-man squad for the 2019
Rugby 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
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
By contrast uncapped former sevens specialist Ruaridh McConnochie was
included following the wing's strong end to the season for Bath.
Scrumhalf Willi Heinz, flank 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.
Owen Farrell - who did not play on Sunday - has retained the
captaincy, with the Saracens star one of two flyhalves along with
As expected, there was no place for playmaker Danny Cipriani, long out of favour with Jones.
Meanwhile former captain Dylan Hartley was omitted following the
hooker's long-term absence through concussion and then a knee injury.
The squad features just two out-and-out scrumhalves in first-choice Ben Youngs and Heinz.
"A lot of
good players have missed out," said Jones.
"We feel for them, I feel for
them personally... all those players who have missed out have been told
they have to be ready."
England have won the men's World Cup just once, when they beat an Australia side coached by Jones in the 2003 final in Sydney.
Former Australia and Japan coach Jones has named his squad nearly a month ahead of World Rugby's September 8 deadline.
England also still have three remaining warm-up fixtures - a return
clash against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday followed by matches against
Ireland and Italy.
Jones, who took over as England coach following their
embarrassing-first round exit on home soil at the 2015 World Cup, said
that experience had played a part in announcing the squad early.
"We have taken the decision to go early because of what we learnt from previous campaigns," he said.
"We want the squad to know early and now we can get on and be the
best prepared England side there has ever been, ready to win the World
England begin their 2019 World Cup pool campaign against Tonga in Sapporo on September 22.
England's 2019 World Cup squad:
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath), Elliot Daly (Saracens), Jonny May
(Leicester), Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Anthony
Watson (Bath), Piers Francis (Northampton), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Henry Slade (Exeter), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester), Owen Farrell (Saracens, capt), George Ford (Leicester), Willi Heinz (Gloucester), Ben Youngs (Leicester)
Tom Curry (Sale), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George
Kruis (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Joe Launchbury (Wasps),
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton), Sam Underhill (Bath), Billy Vunipola
(Saracens), Mark Wilson (Newcastle/Sale), Dan Cole (Leicester), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), Ellis
Genge (Leicester), Jamie George (Saracens), Joe Marler (Harlequins),
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Jack Singleton (Saracens), Mako Vunipola
England World Cup pool fixtures:
September 22: v Tonga, Sapporo
September 26: v USA, Kobe
October 05: v Argentina, Tokyo
October 12: v France, Yokohama