Eddie Jones hits back after England training injuries mount up

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‘I don’t think anyone at a club has the right to tell a coach how to train a Test team’: Eddie Jones hits back after England training injuries mount up

  • Eddie Jones has hit back after criticism over a spate of training ground injuries
  • Bath’s Bruce Craig blasted Jones after Beno Obano suffered a knock in training
  • Obano suffered ‘multiple ligament damage’ and could be out for up to year
  • At least 15 players have been injured during England training under Jones

Rory Keane for MailOnline

Eddie Jones has lit the fuse for a potential club v country row after the England head coach fired back at Bath owner Bruce Craig over a spate of training ground injuries.

Craig blasted Jones last week after Beno Obano became the fifth Bath player to suffer an injury on England duty, branding it ‘unacceptable’. Obano suffered ‘multiple ligament and hamstring tendon damage’ and could be out for up to year. 

Tom Ellis, Dave Attwood, Anthony Watson and Sam Underhill were the other casualties in previous England camps.

At least 15 players have been injured during England training sessions since Jones took over as England head coach. Ben Te’o is the latest casualty after the Worcester centre suffered a quad muscle tear during a weight training session in camp this week. 

Eddie Jones fired back at Bath owner Bruce Craig over a spate of training ground injuries

Eddie Jones fired back at Bath owner Bruce Craig over a spate of training ground injuries

Eddie Jones fired back at Bath owner Bruce Craig over a spate of training ground injuries

But Jones has fired back at the Bath owner’s comments.

‘I don’t have any concerns,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘We train appropriately for Test match rugby.

‘The only reason I’d alter it is if we need to train harder, or we need to train lighter, to be at our best for Test matches.

‘We prepare players for Test matches. I don’t think anyone at a club has the right to tell a coach how to train a Test team.’ 

Beno Obano became the fifth Bath player to suffer an injury on England duty in recent memory

Beno Obano became the fifth Bath player to suffer an injury on England duty in recent memory

Beno Obano became the fifth Bath player to suffer an injury on England duty in recent memory

Jones defended his methods after coming under fire for the number of injuries on his watch

Jones defended his methods after coming under fire for the number of injuries on his watch

Jones defended his methods after coming under fire for the number of injuries on his watch

Ben Te'o should be fit for the start of next season after missing the summer tour of South Africa

Ben Te'o should be fit for the start of next season after missing the summer tour of South Africa

Ben Te’o should be fit for the start of next season after missing the summer tour of South Africa

Te’o absence is a major blow for England ahead of a gruelling three-Test tour against the Springboks next month.

Jones, however, is hopeful the blockbusting midfielder will be back in time for next season.

‘He’ll be back for the start of the season.

‘He got the injury in the Six Nations against France, it is one of those corks and when you’ve got a cork you’ve always got damage to the muscle and sometimes they repair and sometimes they don’t.’ 

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