Bath owner Bruce Craig has taken aim at Eddie Jones and his training methods after Beno Obano became the latest Bath player to suffer a serious injury while in England camp.
Obano looks set to be on the sidelines for up to 12 months after he suffered “multiple ligament and hamstring tendon damage”.
Tom Ellis damaged his cruciate last summer, Dave Attwood suffered a knee injury in Portugal in 2016 before Anthony Watson broke his jaw during England training. This year, Sam Underhill ruptured a toe tendon in March which meant he missed the end of the Six Nations.
There has been growing concern over Jones’ methods which many suspecting that the players are ‘over-trained’ due to the intensity of the sessions.
Craig has outlined his frustration to see another one of his club’s players seriously injured while training with England.
“The level of injuries in these training camps is totally unacceptable,” Craig told The Times. “What is going on in the camp? There is obviously an issue because of the number of injuries. There has got to be significant questions asked about duty of care. At Bath, we’re not having cruciate ligament injuries in training. I am unsure of whether the players are not being taken to levels that are unacceptable.”
When Jones was asked about Obano’s injury, the England head coach said he was “caught in a difficult situation”.
England will take on the Barbarians on Sunday at Twickenham.