Eddie Jones says Bath owner Bruce Craig has no right to tell him how to train his England team.
Craig criticised Jones’ training regime after Ben Te’o became the latest player to be injured while with the national squad. Since the 2015 World Cup, 15 players have been injured at England camps, including five from Bath.
Craig said the number of injuries sustained by players while with England is ‘totally unacceptable’, insisting ‘there has got to be significant questions asked about duty of care,’ and adding ‘what is going on in the camp?’
Jones hit back in an interview with Sky Sports.
‘I don’t have any concerns. We train appropriately for Test match rugby,’ he said. ‘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.’
Jones also told BBC Radio: ‘I haven’t seen any figures to suggest the number of injuries are unacceptable.
‘No one on our staff has suggested they are, but Bruce is obviously an expert in training-ground injuries, so I’ll have to be subservient to his greater knowledge,’ he added sarcastically.
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