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Premiership meeting 'doesn't have to be a fight' - Saracens boss McCall

The Aviva Premiership's directors of rugby will gather on Thursday to outline any grievances towards England and Premiership Rugby, although only half their number will be present at the meeting.

At the top of the agenda will be the recent training camp held in Brighton during which Sam Jones, Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell suffered significant injures resulting in lengthy lay-offs.

Eddie Jones will be present to discuss any issues, but England's head coach was invited to the pre-arranged quarterly meeting at Heathrow in August before the ill-fated visit to the south coast.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young, who has seen Sam Jones ruled out for five months by a broken leg and ankle damage sustained during a judo session in Brighton, will call for unity and a partnership of equals between club and country.

The complaints of Mark McCall, boss of double winners Saracens, will be directed at Premiership Rugby who he believes should have objected to the timing of England's camp.

McCall has also questioned why directors of rugby were not consulted when the schedule was being drawn up.

"It's good to have a face-to-face meeting," McCall said. "I agree with what Dai Young says - this shouldn't be a fight. It doesn't have to be a fight.

"The best thing for both parties is for it to be a real co-operative relationship and there is no reason why it won't be.

"We've had very good co-operation with England and Eddie so far and I don't see that changing.

"My point was people who make these decisions really don't understand performance needs. They could have asked a few directors of rugby whether they thought it was okay to have the camp 10 days before (European fixtures)."

It is understood that as many as half of the 12 club bosses will be absent from the meeting chaired by Premiership Rugby's director of rugby Phil Winstanley, although this is not unusual.


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