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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.”
Te’o, who was set to start at outside centre in the series opener at Ellis Park on June 9, must undergo surgery but should be fit for the start of next season.
“Benny was tight after a weights session – during the weights session when he was doing a lift he felt some tightness about his knee,” Jones said.
“He was scanned and it showed he had an old tear from the Six Nations game against France, and therefore it was too big a risk to take him on tour.
“The injury is one of those corks and when you’ve got a cork you’ve always got damage to the muscle. Sometimes they repair and sometimes they don’t. He’ll be back for the start of the season.”
Doubt persists over the fitness of Billy Vunipola, whose return from a fractured arm has been followed by persistent hamstring issues.