Eddie Jones responds to training criticism from Bath owner

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England coach Eddie Jones has responded to criticism from the Bath owner regarding his training methods with the national team.

Bath owner Bruce Craig slated the Australian's training methods after a number of players have suffered serious injuries under Jones' supervision.

Recently, Bath star Beno Obana was ruled out for a year after suffering a knee and hamstring injury during England training.

The injury to the key Bath player led Craig to exclaim his discontent: "The level of injuries in these training camps is totally unacceptable. 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."

England coach Jones came under more scrutiny on Wednesday as it was announced that Ben Te'o would now also miss the tour to South Africa after injuring his quadriceps in training.

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Nevertheless, Jones has hit back at the Bath owner and fiercely defended his methods.

"We prepare players for Test matches," Jones said, per Sky Sports. "I don't think anyone at a club has the right to tell a coach how to train a Test team.

"I don't have any concerns. We train appropriately for Test match rugby.

"The only reason I would alter it is if we need to train harder, or we need to train lighter, to be at our best for Test matches.

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"I haven’t seen any figures to suggest they are [unacceptable], no-one in 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."

England's tour of South Africa begins on Saturday 9th June and after Sunday's humiliating defeat to the Barbarians followed a disastrous Six Nations, the pressure on Jones to turn their fortunes around is gradually starting to increase.

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