Eddie Jones has talked about England’s current injury crisis ahead of next Saturday’s first of three Autumn internationals against Argentina at Twickenham.
Jonny May is the latest on the sick list and is expected to miss the visit of Argentina, while fellow wingers Jack Nowell and Elliot Daly have already been ruled out.
“This is my third year in the job and I’ve found the players to be in the most difficult condition in this camp,” said Jones.
“We’ve had the Lions guys come back, they’ve all had short pre-seasons. They’re deconditioned.
“We’ve had four or five players come in with knocks from games which has stopped them from training and I had one or two either suffer an injury in training or post-training.”
Jones has also revealed wing Marland Yarde, who was transferred from Harlequins to Sale Sharks after disciplinary issues this week, is still in the reckoning for selection.
“He is contention but we have to assess whether emotionally he’ll be right to compete for an England spot,” said Jones.
“He’s left the club that he loved to join another. Is he in the right condition to compete for a spot? It’s like having a relationship break up, sometimes it takes time for people to get over it and I’m not sure where he’s at.
“We didn’t not select him because of behaviour, it was because Denny [Solomona] scored more tries than him.”