Skipper Owen Farrell was allegedly involved in a training ground “scrap” with a young teammate, resulting in him being overlooked by England at the World Cup.
This is according to former England flyhalf Andy Goode, who was speaking with ex-Scotland international Jim Hamilton and presenter Andy Rowe on the latest episode of The Rugby Pod.
Goode has claimed that Farrell and Henry Arundell had a “set-to” behind the scenes and that’s the reason the 20-year-old winger – who scored five tries against Chile in a Pool D clash – hasn’t been selected since.
“We haven’t scored many tries and you’ve got a kid in the stands, Henry Arundell, who scored five tries in one game, he’s got game-breaking ability, he’s got X-factor, and he can’t get a look-in,” Goode said.
“But there’s a reason behind it. I heard through the grapevine and through my sources that Henry Arundell and Owen Farrell had a bit of a set-to and scrap at training.
“And because you don’t mess around with Faz apparently in this England squad, that’s apparently why Henry Arundell isn’t anywhere near the match-day 23. After scoring five tries by the way, which is massive.”
Hamilton and Rowe raised an eyebrow at what at this stage are “rumours”, but Goode assured them his source is solid.
He added: “There’s no smoke without fire lads and I’m happy to say it. It’s what I’ve heard on good authority and I want Henry Arundell in the team.”
England tackle Fiji in a quarter-final clash in Marseille on Sunday, with the winners to face the victors of hosts France and the Springboks, the defending champions.
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