Mike Brown has scrutinized Eddie Jones’ man management after claiming he was at the end of a nasty rant from the England head coach when he was told he would not be going to the 2019 World Cup.
Rown was embroiled in a bust with Ben Te’o during a pre-tournament training camp in Treviso and has spoken at length about the affair for the first time.
The incident came as the squad were en route to a social event and Jones used the altercation to explain his decision to drop two regulars from his England reign ahead of the tournament in Japan.
Brown blames Te’o, claiming the former rugby league center hit him on the head, but insists an angry Jones reacted badly when the Newcastle veteran presented his case.
“That wasn’t the reason I didn’t go to the World Cup,” Brown, England’s all-time full-back, told RugbyPass.
“I think it was just easier for Eddie to put it down to that as I kind of got pushed off the team as the season progressed.
“Then a few days later, when Eddie calls people to say they’re not involved, he kind of bets it.
“I said to him, ‘Look, I get that selection is what it is, but don’t put it on it. You didn’t even ask me what happened. With all due respect, I haven’t actually done anything. I don’t feel like it was my fault. I hadn’t had much to drink, two drinks or whatever. There were people worse off than me and I was just trying to mind my own business.
“So he just switched and turned on me, effing and blinding me. It was not nice.
“Just be a man and say why I’m not chosen. Don’t try to put it on it because it isn’t. It’s pretty clear and obvious that it’s not.
“I asked him to tell me what he thought happened and he said, ‘My security guys were there, they told me what happened.’
“I said, ‘Let me see what they said, what happened’ because he said he wrote reports. He wouldn’t give that to me.
“He said, ‘Who the hell do you think you are?’ because I wanted to say it back to him and he doesn’t like it.
“It’s a shame it ended like this. I wanted clarity about why I wasn’t selected, not a made-up excuse.”
Brown has given full details of the incident, claiming he originally started with Maro Itoje starting to punch other players in the chest – “in a fun, happy way, but he’s a big guy and he’s been drinking”.
Brown protested when he was punched, and after speaking to Itoje thought it was over, only for Te’o to start taunting him and create a new confrontation that eventually ended with the punch.
The allegations come at a bad time for Jones, who recently led another failed Six Nations campaign that resulted in a Rugby Football Union vote of confidence.
The PA news agency has reached out to the RFU and Itojes Club Saracens for comment.
Jones is currently in Japan where he serves as Suntory Sungoliath’s rugby director, although many of his England players are involved in a key period of European matches.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/international-rugby/he-was-effing-and-blinding-mike-brown-on-fiery-phonecall-with-eddie-jones-that-ended-his-england-career-41543468.html “He was effing and blending” – Mike Brown on a fiery phone conversation with Eddie Jones that ended his career in England