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McConnochie makes England's World Cup squad

12th August 2019, 15:29 by Tom McGarry

Uncapped Bath ace Ruaridh McConnochie has been named in England's World Cup squad although there have been some high-profile omissions.

McConnochie has enjoyed a rapid rise after only converting to the XVs game from sevens at the start of last season but some impressive performances for Bath, particularly towards the end of the campaign, have earned him a place in Eddie Jones' 31-man squad for the tournament in Japan.

Flanker Lewis Ludlam, hooker Jack Singleton and scrum-half Willi Heinz have also been included, despite only making their debuts against Wales on Sunday, but it is perhaps the players who have been omitted that will make the biggest headlines.

Ben Te'o is one such player as the Worcester Warriors player has been overlooked as one of the four centres in the squad, perhaps a repercussion following his altercation with team-mate Mike Brown during a recent training camp in Treviso.

Brown has also been left out of the squad, as has former captain Dylan Hartley and reigning Premiership player of the year Danny Cipriani, while Brad Shields also misses out as he continues his recovery from a foot injury.

England have over a month until their opening match of the World Cup against Tonga in Sapporo on September 22 and Jones has urged the players that been left out of the squad to remain available between now and the start of the tournament.

"A lot of good players have missed out. We feel for them, I feel for them personally," Jones admitted. "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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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