Saints coach Keiron Cunningham says new England boss Wayne Bennett’s plans are “pretty unfair” on Super League coaches.
Aussie Bennett wants mid-season Test matches to be re-introduced and a two-week pre-season training camp with his players which will fall a month before the Super League campaign gets under way.
Cunningham said: “I’ve got to be careful what I say, but good luck to Wayne enforcing it and good luck agreeing it.”
He went on: “He seems to have very high demands on what he wants players doing - extra fitness, taking them away for a two-week training camp and playing mid-season friendlies.
“This is pretty unfair on every Super League coach whose hopes and ambitions lie with having a squad to be fit for training with you every week and also lie in having a six-week pre-season.
“If I lose a players to the Autumn internationals, I will only have them back at the end of December.
“Then Wayne, apparently wants my players for a two week training camp in January so I will only see all of them for the captain’s run before the start of the new campaign and they are the ones who will have a major say in whether we finish in the top four or top two.”