Flanker Sam Jones will be sidelined for five months as he recovers from the broken leg sustained during a judo session at the England rugby team’s training camp this week.
Several players have suffered injuries during England’s training sessions in Brighton, including winger Anthony Watson (broken jaw) leading to questions being raised about the intensity and timing of the camp.
The 24-year-old Wasps forward Jones had been called into the England squad for the first time and was in contention to make his Test debut in the Autumn internationals.
“Unfortunately, as well as breaking his leg he’s had a significant ankle injury, which means he’s going to be out for around five months, which is obviously a disaster,” Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was quoted as saying on the club’s website (www.wasps.co.uk) on Sunday.
Young steered clear of criticising the methods of the national team coach but said the clubs and England needed to work together.
“I don’t think it’s my place to vent my frustration or disappointment about anything that went on through the media, I don’t think that’s the right way to do it,” he said.
“The important thing is that we look at it, we review it and we learn from it. England and the clubs can’t go head-to-head on this; we have to work together.
England host South Africa at Twickenham on November 12 before meeting Fiji, Argentina and Australia.