Ben Te'o is shock omission from England's World Cup squad

Ben Te'o is shock omission from England's World Cup squad

Rhys Patchell and Jarrod Evans look set to provide flyhalf cover for coach Warren Gatland, who will announce his 31-man squad for the World Cup in early September.

Until he was involved in an altercation with team-mate Mike Brown during a social event at the squad's warm-weather camp in Treviso a fortnight ago, Te'o was considered a certainty for Japan 2019.

According to the Independent, there were two similar tackles in England's win over Wales at Twickenham with both Wales halfback Aled Davies and No 8 Ross Moriarty escaping a red card or a yellow card for incidents on George Ford and Piers Francis respectively.

Sevens specialist and 2016 Olympic silver-medallist Ruaridh McConnochie continues a remarkable year by being present as the only uncapped player on the strength of an impressive end to his debut season for Bath.

Ludlam, Heinz and Singleton have a collective 118 minutes of Test experience between them, with all three winning their first caps against Wales in England's 33-19 win on Sunday.

Jones would not disclose the reasons behind any of the players left out of his squad, insisting that they all need to be prepared to answer the call if injuries occur.

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"The message we have for them is that they have still got to be ready because the circumstances of the World Cup dictates that you have injuries". Heinz is named as one of two No.9s alongside Ben Youngs, while Ludlam offers another option in the back-row with both Sam Underhill and Tom Curry included with both carrying knocks.

The All Blacks will retain the number one spot in World Rugby after England ended Wales' 14-test unbeaten run overnight.

A Sanzaar judiciary is yet to rule on a unsafe tackle charge but Jones said the on-field red card was too harsh and feared such decisions would ruin key clashes at the World Cup in Japan.

"We have taken the decision to go early because of what we learned from previous campaigns", he said. England also has the experience of prop Dan Cole, second-rower Courtney Lawes and scrumhalf Ben Youngs, who will play in their third World Cups.

Anscombe has been ruled out of the tournament after suffering a knee injury during his team's loss to England in a warm-up match yesterday.

England plays Tonga, the United States, Argentina and France in the group stage at the World Cup.

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