Mike Brown has added to the scrutiny of Eddie Jones by saying he was on the receiving end of a foul-mouthed tirade when he was left out of his squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan by the England manager.
Fullback Brown was involved in a training camp fight with Ben Te’o during an England training camp in Treviso.
Jones, who at the time had ruled out Brown since giving him the last of his 72 England caps in 2018, used the incident to explain why he had ruled both backs out of his team.
Brown said that Te’o was responsible for the altercation by punching him in the face, but insisted that an angry Jones was not in the mood to listen to his explanations.
“That wasn’t the reason I didn’t go to the World Cup,” said Brown, England’s most capped fullback. RugbyPass .
“I think it was easier for Eddie to put him on that, as I had been kicked off the team as the season went on.
«I told him: ‘Look, I understand that the national team is what it is, but don’t put it in that. You haven’t even asked me what happened. With all due respect, I really didn’t do anything. I don’t feel like it was my fault.”
Brown, now 36, said Jones told him his security guards had witnessed the incident, but they reacted angrily when the player asked to see his written reports.
“So it just shifted and turned on me, damn blindingly,” Brown recalled. “It was not nice.
“He said, ‘Who the hell do you think you are?’ because I was going back to him and he doesn’t like that.
“It’s a shame it ended like this. I wanted clarity on why I wasn’t chosen, not some made-up excuse.”
In Brown’s absence, England reached the World Cup final in Japan only to be beaten 32–12 by South Africa in the main match.
Brown’s comments come as Jones presided over a second successive Six Nations in which England lost three games, and the Rugby Football Union cast a vote of confidence in the veteran Australian manager.
Jones is currently in Japan, where he is a consultant to the Suntory Sungoliath team, although many of their senior England players are currently featured in major European club matches.