England coach Eddie Jones has been blocked from using all 31 squad members in their World Cup warm-up against Italy on Friday.
According to reports in England, Jones wanted to use the match in Newcastle to utilise his entire squad before their departure to Japan on Sunday, but had his request rejected by World Rugby.
It is believed Jones had sent his application after the terms and conditions of the match had been signed off, including the allocation of match officials, citing officers and anti-doping regulations.
Italy coach Conor O’Shea was reportedly in support of Jones’ idea to have increased match-day squads, even though it would have meant the game lost its Test status and rankings credentials.
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