Ben Te’o became the latest player to receive an injury during one of Eddie Jones’ England camps as the Worcester centre was ruled out of the summer series against the Springboks as he aggravated a thigh issue during a weights session.
Piers Francis of the Northampton Saints has replaced Te’o in the squad but the latest withdrawal has only added to the clamour that perhaps Jones’ training camps are too rigorous.
Beno Obano was another player who suffered injury. The Bath prop sustained “multiple ligament and hamstring tendon damage” and he will be on the sidelines for a considerable amount of time.
This led to Bath owner Bruce Craig to question what is going on in England as he described the scenario as “totally unacceptable”.
“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.”
However, Jones spoke to the media today and he hit back at Craig and those in the club game who criticise England training.
“I don’t have any concerns. We train appropriately for Test match rugby,” Jones told Sky Sports News.
“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.”