Eddie Jones says Worcester centre Ben Te’o should be fit for start of next season

30 May
Eddie Jones says Worcester centre Ben Te'o should be fit for start of next season
Ben Te'o

Eddie Jones insists Ben Te’o should be fit for the start of next season after suffering a thigh problem that has ruled him out of England’s tour to South Africa.

Jones has revealed the powerful Worcester centre aggravated an injury first sustained in the Six Nations, requiring surgery that prevents him from facing the Springboks.

Te’o, who was set to start at outside centre in the series opener at Eden Park on June 9, suffered the damage in the gym.

“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.”

England news: Ben Te’o ruled out of South Africa tour along with Cameron Redpath and Jack Willis

29 May
England news: Ben Te'o ruled out of South Africa tour as well Cameron Redpath and Jack Willis
Ben Te'o carries the ball during England training

Worcester centre Ben Te’o has been ruled out of England’s three-Test South Africa tour.

England head coach Eddie Jones has made three changes to his original 34-man squad, with Te’o sidelined due to what the Rugby Football Union described as a “small repair to quad muscle”.

Sale Sharks back Cameron Redpath and flanker Jack Willis, who both have knee injuries, are also out.

The RFU announced call-ups for uncapped Gloucester full-back Jason Woodward, Northampton back Piers Francis and Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes.

Check out the updated 34-man squad for the tour of South Africa below.

 

Three changes to England’s squad for the upcoming tour to South Africa

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France v England: Analysing the 37 stone battle between Ben Te’o and Mathieu Bastareaud in crucial Six Nations clash

9 Mar
France v England: Analysing the 37 stone battle between Ben Te'o and Mathieu Bastareaud in crucial Six Nations clash
Te'o and Bastareaud are set for a thunderous midfield battle

On Saturday afternoon, England will face France in the penultimate clash of the 2018 Six Nations.

After hopes of a Grand Slam were dashed at the hands of Scotland last time out, Eddie Jones will be desperate to ensure he can at least bring home the trophy.

One of the biggest battles (literally) at the Parc des Princes will be in midfield, when Ben Te’o will line up against the imperious Mathieu Bastareaud.

Te’o has been told by his coach to make an early impression on Bastareaud, in a not too dissimilar style to the way he rattled New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams in the first Lions Test.

And the Worcester centre has admitted he is up for the battle.

He said: “He’s strong and has an offload. I watched him the other weekend against Italy and he was very destructive.

“I’ve come up against him before and I want another crack at him. I’m up for it. The only way to stop him is by fronting up physically.”

So just who has the advantage in this heavyweight clash? talkSPORT has created a tale of the tape to determine just who has the advantage in this clash.

Check it out below.