Eddie Jones Fires Back At Criticism Over His England Training Sessions

“We train appropriately.”

Eddie Jones has fired back at criticism over his England training sessions and the huge amount of injuries that have occurred to players at his camps.

Worcester centre Ben Te’o became the latest casualty after he was ruled of England’s tour of South Africa because on an injury picked up while in camp with Jones.

He joins Beno Obano, who suffered “multiple ligament and hamstring tendon damage” in England camp last week, and will miss the next 12 months of action, and the likes of Tom Ellis (cruciate), Dave Attwood (knee), Sam Underhill (toe) and Anthony Watson (jaw) have all picked up significant injuries at England camps in recent years.

Former Wasps flanker Sam Jones was also recently forced to retire at just 27 after picking up a very serious injury while practicing judo under Jones’ supervision.

Jones was asked about his methods by Sky Sports this afternoon, and says he doesn’t know “whether that’s the case” as he is yet to look at the figures. He claims England train “train appropriately for Test match rugby.

“I don’t know whether that’s the case.” Jones told Sky Sports

“You guys are telling me that, I’d have to go and look at the figures. I don’t have a concern about it. I think we train appropriately for Test match rugby.”

Bath owner Bruce Craig recently came out and said he’s furious with Jones after prop Obano became the latest Bath player to suffer a serious injury while under the England boss’ supervision. He called Jones’ camps “unacceptable.”

But the Australian says he is not ‘privy to his comments’ and that an owner doesn’t have “the right to tell the Test coach how he should train the team.”

”I’m not privy to his comments so I can’t really comment on that.” Jones added.

“The only reason I’d alter it (training) is if we need to train either harder or we need to train to be at our best for Test matches. We prepare the players to play a Test match. That’s what we do.”

“I don’t think an owner has the right to tell the Test coach how he should train the team.”

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