New claims have emerged regarding the incident that contributed to the omission of Mike Brown and Ben Te’o by Eddie Jones ’team in the 2019 Rugby World Cup proceedings and in effect led to the international career of the two players at a close shot.
Full-back England defender Brown, who now plays for the Newcastle Falcons, has made it public for the first time on what he says has sparked the well-publicized outburst during England’s training camp in Italy before of the tournament. Among his allegations is that a third player, Maro Itoje, inadvertently fed up the situation during a social team meeting.
According to Brown, Itoje was great-hearted and went out of his way to “hit people in a fun and jovial way.” Brown, however, wasn’t amused – “It hit me really hard [on my chest]hard enough to leave a massive imprint on his hands “- and he says Te’o saw his frustration. “Brown told RugbyPass’ Jim Hamilton in a Rugby Roots interview about his career.
“It was really unfortunate. We had a really intense two-week period in Treviso in our World Cup camp. Training was the hardest I’ve ever experienced in my life and we hadn’t done too much socializing so far. from him. Some boys have had a few too many. “
At one point, Brown claims, Te’o tripped over a table and spilled a few drinks, prompting two younger players to step in and ask him to calm down. “I don’t think he liked it because they were two young men and it hurt a little bit,” Brown said.
“So we left, early in the evening, late in the afternoon, to get on the bus. I can hear him in front of me with a group of boys. That’s what I’m going to do. “I was like, ‘You’re right behind me. What’s your problem?’
“He came back to me a little bit and I met him and he was right for me. He did a lot of boxing, he was a big boy and he cut me well. I didn’t approach him. That’s basically what happened. “
Jones ended up kicking both players off his team, which went on to reach the final, despite Brown’s insistence that he was mostly innocent. “Eddie didn’t take it well. He didn’t tell me from the moment it happened … I feel a little depressed because not a lot of guys said, ‘Mike didn’t really do much.’ It was instigated by other people.
“I don’t feel like anyone really had my back. People looked at me because I was close to a World Cup and I understood that. [But] That was not the reason why I did not go to the World Cup. I think it was easier for Eddie to put it on. “
The Rugby Football Union declined to comment while the club of Itoje Saracens did not even respond to Brown’s allegations.
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