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Axed England midfielder Ben Te'o belatedly gets his chance to make it big in Japan

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Ben Te'o talks to Eddie Jones in Treviso during his last week involved with England (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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Ben Te’o has found himself another new club after being unveiled as a new season signing for the 2020 Super Rugby season. 


Out of contract at Worcester last summer following a three-year stay at Sixways, the career of the 2017 Lions Test series midfielder was thrown into turmoil with his unexpected omission from England’s World Cup squad. 

Te’o had been one of Eddie Jones’ favourites since he switched into the Gallagher Premiership scene following two seasons at Irish province Leinster. 

However, he fell out of favour with Jones followed an alleged altercation with Mike Brown at an England training camp in Treviso in late July. 

Cut from Jones’ plans for the finals in Japan, Te’o was quickly snapped up by Toulon, the French Top 14 club who had lost bulwark midfielder Mathieu Bastareaud.

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That decision to move overseas made him unavailable to England under the RFU international selection policy.

However, Te’o is now set to belatedly make it to Japan after being unveiled as one of 14 foreign-born players in the Sunwolves’ initial 15-man squad for the new Super Rugby season, a campaign that is potentially their last in the tournament.

Other overseas inclusions by the Japanese franchise include Australian No8 Jake Schatz, who has played nearly 100 times in Super Rugby, and Georgian hooker Jaba Bregvadze.


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