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Tensions ease in English rugby camp row

Press AssociationPress Association 18/10/2016 Nick Purewal

Dai Young insists the English game will never fall into another bitter club-versus-country row, allaying any lingering tensions from England's injury-hit Brighton training camp.

The amicable agreement between Aviva Premiership clubs and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has recently endured its biggest test in a generation after Wasps flanker Sam Jones broke his leg in a judo session with England.

Bath's Anthony Watson broke his jaw and Exeter's Jack Nowell suffered a thigh strain in rugby training with England, leading Saracens boss Mark McCall to question the timing of the Brighton get-together.

England head coach Eddie Jones met the clubs' rugby directors last week, with Wasps boss Young adamant there has been no lasting damage.

"Obviously Eddie's always going to back his corner and we're always going to back ours; we have slightly different agendas," said Young.

"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.

"We all realise that and as I said you can't have a bigger brother in this situation.

"We've got to be equals and coming out of that meeting I didn't feel anything other than this is a relationship that will continue and will not be a problem."

England coach Jones had long been slated to meet Premiership coaches in London last week, but Young admitted the injuries in the recent Brighton camp changed the complexion of discussions.

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