Eddie Jones hits back at Bath owner Bruce Craig with hilarious comment

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It's difficult to say whether Eddie Jones has bigger problems on the pitch or off it in light of recent events.

England have now lost four on the trot, with their latest setback coming in a 45-63 defeat to Barbarians last weekend.

The Red Rose will be hoping to put the disappointment of the Six Nations behind them this summer, but that could prove easier said than done given the number of players missing through injury.

Next up is a three-Test series against South Africa and when that's over, defence coach Paul Gustard will leave for Harlequins.

However, as for Jones, it's his training methods that are the most pressing matter as he continues to come under fire from Premiership Rugby.

An upcoming board meeting between those at the top of the sport in England will discuss why 15 players, with Ben Te'o being the latest, have suffered injuries under Jones' tenure over the past two and a half years.

Bath owner Bruce Craig is the main man waging war on Jones after he branded the number of players who come back from England duty with injuries "totally unacceptable," per the Guardian.

Five Bath players have been affected, so it's little wonder Craig is so infuriated - even if Jones recently claimed he had "no right" to try and influence how England train.

Jones hits back

And the Australian has now rounded on the Bath chief again with some pretty scathing comments.

“Bruce Craig sounds like the Donald Trump of rugby. He has the same hairstyle,” Jones is quoted by Sky Sports.

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“Everything we do is about training to get better, it’s not about satisfying some bloke who has got plenty of money in Bath and thinks he knows everything about rugby. I find it all a bit tedious.

"We've got an owner who thinks he knows everything about rugby. Really, I wish I knew that much. If I knew that much I'd probably have as much money as him.

"Unfortunately, I don't so I'll just stick to rugby.

"Bruce is absolutely obsessed by intensity, Bruce is the intensity king of the world. We train appropriately for Test match rugby."

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It's fair to say those comments aren't exactly going to alleviate the club vs country tensions that are simmering away but threatening to boil over depending on how the tour of South Africa goes.

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That said, it's understandable that Craig has little interest in England's fortunes when his team have had to contend with difficulties such as Beno Obano missing 12 months with ligament and tendon damage.

This is a situation that is far from unique to rugby, yet it does beg the question of exactly what is going on in Jones' training sessions.

If England were excelling, perhaps a few more would be willing to let him off the hook.

Is Jones to blame for England's injury problems? Have your say in the comments. 

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