The decision to exclude the inside centre casts further doubt on him being named in the final 31-man squad for the World Cup on Monday.
Twitter users online displayed mixed reactions to the news that Te’o would be omitted.
One user appeared to be pleased on the grounds of his ill discipline.
Damn. That’s 12 penalties saved and 15 missed tackles avoided. England might win now. On the plus side, they’ll still have 8 lumps of meat in the pack with hands like feet. The English way!
— Kris Jones (@K_R_Jones) August 6, 2019
Heinz over Spencer is an interesting development
— Michael Payne (@mpayne17) August 6, 2019
Mike Brown, Alex Dombrandt and Ben Spencer were other notable absentees from the 33-strong line-up, who were gathering at Pennyhill Park on Tuesday. No new names have been added to the squad following England’s 12-day training camp in Treviso.
Others were left bemused at the decision to select Heinz over Spencer at scrum half.
Spencer deserves that spot 10x more than Heinz
— Luca ?? (@Luca15_) August 6, 2019
Other than these two changes, it appears Jones has selected a largely similar squad to that many fans would expect.
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Head coach Eddie Jones insisted it was not the end of the road for those left out, saying: “Players excluded from being involved in this camp are naturally disappointed but may get another opportunity so they must be ready.”
“By the time we fly out on the 8th of September we will be ready to win the Rugby World Cup. We are not there yet but we have four games to get ready.
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 85 caps)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 11 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 10 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 37 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27 caps)
George Kruis (Saracens, 32 caps)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 58 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 71 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 59 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22 caps)
Jack Singleton (Saracens, uncapped)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 9 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 41 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53 caps)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons / Sale Sharks, 13 caps)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 30 caps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 55 caps)
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 40 caps)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, uncapped)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 45 caps)
Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 32 caps)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 33 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 85 caps)
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