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England confirm training ground incident between Mike Catt and Danny Cipriani

England have confirmed there was a training ground incident involving Mike Catt and Danny Cipriani but insist it was resolved swiftly.

The flashpoint occurred the day before England announced their World Cup squad in August and only hours after a disappointed Cipriani had been told he was to be omitted from the 31.

England insist that a report suggesting a "mutiny" had almost been caused is untrue and deny head coach Stuart Lancaster instructed his players not to leak details of the row.

A Rugby Football Union spokesman said: "Danny and Mike were involved in a robust conversation on the training pitch following a misunderstanding around a training drill instruction. Both shook hands afterwards and the incident played no bearing on selection."

England were knocked out of the World Cup by a 33-13 loss to Australia and conclude their Pool A campaign against Uruguay at Manchester City Stadium on Saturday.


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