Premiership Rugby has blasted England head coach Eddie Jones’ methods at a three-day training camp saying it risked player welfare.
Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall views the timing of the three-day camp on the south coast as “flabbergasting” and “madness” due to its proximity to the opening round of European rugby.
The main object of McCall’s anger is Premiership Rugby, who he suggests needs to be “careful chasing all this money at the expense of the clubs” in reference to the £225million deal recently agreed between Twickenham and the domestic league that enshrined the unsatisfactory date for the camp.
Premiership Rugby, however, insists the intensity of the training that was signposted by Jones on Friday as a “test of resolve” designed to make players feel “uncomfortable” is not in keeping with their interpretation of the agreement.
A statement read,
“In the interests of player welfare, Premiership Rugby believes that England should not be doing full training sessions straight after a Premiership weekend,”
“This format was not anticipated and we would not expect full training sessions to occur during the two remaining two-day England camps planned this season.”
The Rugby Football Union insists the content of the practise sessions was in keeping with the terms of the arrangement. [Planet Rugby]