Long seasons are pushing players to their limit, says England’s Ben Youngs

• England and Leicester scrum-half joins debate over early-season injuries
• ‘Players have power to strike but I don’t think any player wants to get to that’

Another senior England international has claimed leading players are “at the limit” of what their bodies can sustain amid rising concern over the number of injuries in the early weeks of the season. Leicester’s Ben Youngs says the players currently wish to avoid strike action but reveals there is increasing disquiet in dressing rooms about the sport’s attrition rate.

The topic of player welfare was impossible to avoid in Oxford, where England are engaged in a three-day camp, with Billy Vunipola the latest long-term casualty and eight other squad members unable to train fully. According to Youngs, the game grows steadily more demanding and common sense is needed in terms of season length.

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September 26th, 2017 by