Thursday 14 November 2019

The Left Wing: Ben Te’o on England’s World Cup defeat, Eddie Jones and his Toulon adventure

Ben Te'o played for England under Eddie Jones before being cut from the squad before the World Cup. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ben Te'o played for England under Eddie Jones before being cut from the squad before the World Cup. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Former England centre Ben Te’o joined Luke Fitzgerald, Fergus McFadden and Will Slattery on this week’s Left Wing podcast as they looked back on England’s World Cup final defeat.

"In camp, every day, for four years, Eddie used to say 'We’re going to win the World Cup'," Te’o revealed. "He built a game to beat New Zealand but not necessarily South Africa. I don’t know if England’s minds switched enough to respect South Africa."

Te’o also spoke about his current Toulon adventure and of his time with Leinster and how Joe Schmidt had talks with him about staying in Ireland for another year to qualify for the national team.

Plus Luke and Fergus discuss what it’s like for the Irish provinces when the international players return and how they’ll be looking forward to putting the World Cup behind them and concentrating on this week’s interpros.

For more from the Left Wing you can visit, www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-left-wing/

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