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Te'o And Brown 'Haven't Crossed Paths' Since Costly Bust-Up

Te'o And Brown 'Haven't Crossed Paths' Since Costly Bust-Up

Ben Te'o and Mike Brown have not seen each other since an altercation cost them both spots in England's 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.

The Times reported last August that the two backs had been dropped from Eddie Jones's squad following a row between them which happened during a night out.

"We had an incident with a teammate on a bonding session," former Leinster player Te'o told Brian O'Driscoll as part of BT Sport's 'Lions Call' series.

Eddie rang me up and said he wasn’t going to take me to the World Cup. He was pretty upset with me.

He said, 'We're not going to take both of you to the World Cup'. I said, ‘OK, no worries’.

At that stage I was already packing up my house and moving my family, because they were going to come back here to ­Australia while I was going to be at the World Cup [in Japan].

Te'o was a Worcester Warriors player the time but he swiftly moved on to Toulon. He subsequently joined Japanese Super Rugby side Sunwolves before returning to rugby league with the Brisbane Broncos last month.

"Once he (Eddie Jones) told me I wasn't going, I was just like, 'Oh, well, that was an interesting end to the last three-and-a-half years that I've put in'," said Te'o.

"I had to keep moving. Within a day-and-a-half, a deal with Toulon was done."

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Regarding Brown, Te'o added:

"We haven't crossed paths yet.

"We actually got along quite fine but sometimes things happen when guys have a few too many drinks.

"To be honest, I don’t think it was that big of a deal, and when I woke up in the ­morning I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. But obviously for some people, maybe a leadership group or something along those lines, maybe it was a big deal to them."

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