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