Jack Nowell will miss England’s November series after picking up a quad injury.
The fall out following England’s ill fated judo session doesn’t seem to be coming to an end after Rob Baxter blasted the way in which Eddie Jones and his medical staff handled Jack Nowell’s quad injury.
Nowell met up the the rest of the rest of the England squad for a three day camp to prepare for the upcoming November series.
However, although many at first thought Jones’ idea of introducing the players to judo was novel, serious questions are now being asked of the England coach and his training methods.
In all, three players have been forced out of the November series; Nowell, Sam Jones and Anthony Watson, while Saracens and Harlequins have confirmed that George Kruis, Joe Marler and Mike Brown also missed training following the camp.
Mark McCall said that he was “flabbergasted” that the camp had been arranged two weeks before the start of the Champions Cup, and tonight Baxter has added his name to the growing list of dissenting voices.
Not only did the Exeter Chiefs tell the Exeter Express and Echo that Nowell was “loading in a way that we probably wouldn’t have been loading him with, especially with the fact that he only played his first bit of rugby back at the weekend against Northampton”, but claimed that England’s medical team failed to diagnose the winger’s quad injury.
More disappointingly, he was sent back with us with a report that they couldn’t find any significant damage and it was just a bit of loading and he was a bit sore.
Obviously, we have then scanned it and found a pretty significant tear – a nine or 10cm tear – in his quad.
It is a significant injury there and he is going to be out for a number of weeks.
Such a statement is far more serious than anything we have heard from other clubs, and could have serious repercussions for the future welling being of the relationship between Jones and Premiership coaches.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena