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England camp strikes again.
Bath prop Beno Obano is set to miss a full year of rugby after suffering multiple ligament and hamstring tendon damage whilst attending an England camp in Brighton last week.
Eddie Jones has come under fire for the intensity of his training camps in the past, with a number of players suffering ill effects after spending time in camp with the national side. Wasps flanker Sam Jones is the most high-profile case, with the 26-year-old suffering a career-ending injury while practising judo in one of Jones’ camps.
Obano has been in excellent form this season and looked set to break into the international set-up. Obano won Most Improved Player and Best Forward at the club’s annual awards and had been in with a good chance of featuring against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.
It’s a devastating blow for him and will once again leave Jones with a lot to answer for. Maybe it was just a freak accident. Or maybe Jones needs to take a look at his methods.
“Beno went for a scan this week and after consulting with the specialist, will undergo surgery to help repair his injury. This will then be followed by a lengthy spell of rehabilitation,” Bath head coach Todd Blackadder told the club’s website.
“We are all feeling Beno’s disappointment – it’s been a breakthrough season for him. It’s upsetting to see that he will miss this chance to show his class at an international level, especially on the back of picking up two end of season club awards. However I am sure he will be back in the frame in the future.
“We know Beno will do everything he can to get back on the pitch and in the blue, black and white as soon as he can. Whilst this type of injury is complex and can lead to a 12 month lay-off, we are investing in our medical team over the off-season and we are focused on getting Beno back as soon as possible.
“In light of Beno’s injury, we are looking for appropriate cover ahead of starting the 18/19 campaign.”