Wales first five-eighth Gareth Anscombe ruled out of Rugby World Cup

Ross Houston
August 13, 2019

England coach Eddie Jones believes off-field problems will be part and parcel of his side's Rugby World Cup campaign after his surprise move in leaving out centre Ben Te'o from his squad for Japan. Piers Francis is included but there is no place for Brad Shields.

Australian coach Jones has significant World Cup experience - he was in charge of the Australia team that lost to England in the 2003 final and was a consultant with South Africa when the Springboks won in 2007. "He understands it. Whether he agrees with it is another matter".

"Also about the attitude of the players, not trying to push the pass or do something extraordinary in defence, so that's a good sign for us".

Flanker Lewis Ludlam, hooker Jack Singleton and scrum-half Willi Heinz made their debuts in Sunday's rout of Wales and are also picked. It freshens everything up.


"They really stuck to the game plan, played with a lot of determination and effort", said England boss Eddie Jones after the win against Wales.

"Ruaridh we've been watching quite closely through the club season".

"Obviously a number of very disappointed players".

"Lewis came from nowhere". We've been watching him in club rugby. We watched him in club rugby, he'd done particularly well and we thought we'd roll the dice and bring him into camp to see what he could offer. Maybe common sense was applied today really well, but what I'm saying is that we need to have some consistency in common sense. Jones says outhalf George Ford will cover at nine if needs be, with the Leicester man set to fill in until a replacement can arrive.


The decision to pick just five props means Harry Williams misses out, Kyle Sinckler and Dan Cole travelling as the two tightheads to complement looseheads Mako Vunipola, Joe Marler and Ellis Genge.

"There are risks involved in it, but there are risks involved in other positions as well".

"I pushed it a little bit too hard and it flared up a tiny bit but nothing too bad".

"He's been doing some training there and he'll continue to do that".


"They are adults, they're responsible, they want to play for England but we could have some problems".

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