Meth­ods used at Eng­land train­ing

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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.

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