Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
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England rugby camp provide shocking injury statistics for Eddie Jones

England rugby camp provide shocking injury statistics for Eddie Jones

While the data is for the English game overall - the Premiership, English clubs in Europe and England internationals - the report also gives figures for injuries sustained during England training under Eddie Jones.

The mean length of absence was 579 days per 1000 hours, compared to the overall mean of 96 days per 1000 hours.

Last May, Bath owner Bruce Craig said the level of injuries sustained on England training camps was "totally unacceptable" after young prop Ben Obano suffered knee ligament damage expected to keep him out of the game for a year. As a effect the burden of England training injuries during Rugby Skills (579 days absence per 1000 hrs) rose to more than five times the study mean (96 days absence per 1000 hrs).

He was one of several players who were sent back injured to their clubs and the fifth from Bath in recent seasons.

England will be eager to better their fifth place finish in last year's tournament, but the RFU now have their focus on the damning statistics recently surfacing regarding the England rugby team's injury troubles. "We are looking at how to manage the transition of players from club to worldwide rugby because it requires players to train at a greater intensity". "We are trying to manage them and there are positive signs".

Hamstring and MCL injuries were the second and third most common injuries, according to the report, while the average severity of all match injuries was 37 days, an increase on the previous year.

However, RFU medical services director Simon Kemp believes "significant changes" to the game are needed to reverse the trend of concussions in English rugby.

Rugby chiefs insist training injuries could be reduced by improving analysis of players' training loads and their transition to national set-ups by ensuring all parties use the same data and technology to assess them.

One of the measures being taken to reduce contact injuries is the trialling of a lower legal tackle height in the Championship Cup, but at the season's halfway stage it is premature to draw any conclusions.

The report showed that the overall number of injuries in all competitions was slightly higher than the yearly average but that there had been a steep rise in the number of more severe injuries leading to lengthy absences.

The PRISP report identified four priorities for continued injury reduction.

Lowering the height of the tackle and taking action against players who make contact with the head is now a major focus for the sport but any effect of changes to this area of the game will only be seen in next year's report. These were looking at potential law changes, the application of laws, a better understanding of injury risk in training and more research on the risk posed by artificial pitches.

A tackle around the opponent's neck or head is risky play. Nathan Soyeux, a 23-year-old student, is the latest causality as he passed away in Dijon after he was admitted in the hospital showing adverse reactions following a tackle during game for engineering schools. We've seen that trend in Rugby World Cups so we need to work with World Rugby about the future vision of the game while minimising injury risk.

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