No bust-up over England injuries

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:59
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NEWS: Wasps head coach Dai Young calmed fears of a fresh club versus country row after two players suffered serious injuries at an England training camp.

Young was speaking after meeting England boss Eddie Jones, following concern over Wasps flank Sam Jones's broken leg and Bath wing Anthony Watson's fractured jaw. Both players will now miss England's end-of-year internationals. Jones broke his leg while England were practising judo to improve their tackling.

But Young said there would be no repeat of the club versus country row that plagued the early years of professional rugby in England.

"Obviously Eddie's always going to back his corner and we're always going to back ours; we have slightly different agendas. But when it comes to player welfare and looking after players we've got the same agenda.

"From our point of view it will be doing nobody any good for us to be falling out with the national set-up. And to be honest I don't ever really see that happening, not in this day and age," Young said.

Last week's meeting between Jones and Premiership coaches was scheduled long before the fall-out from the Brighton training camp.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has labelled the timing of the camp as "madness" as Jones came in for his first major criticism as England coach.

"They obviously had a couple of unfortunate incidents where people got injured but people do get injured, as in any training. From our point of view it's part and parcel of sport and these things happen.

"Leaving that meeting everyone was totally confident that we don't see any problems in the relationship moving forward," he added.

The injured players are now set to miss England's internationals against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia at Twickenham, beginning in November.

Agence France-Presse