“Maro Itoje will captain England” – Eddie Jones
England head coach Eddie Jones has changed his mind about Maro Itoje’s captain titles after being impressed with the lock approach in the Fall Nations Series.
Jones wrote in his book ‘Leadership’ that the Saracens star was too ‘introspective’ to be captain of the national team, but the Australian has made a 180 since his release.
After an outstanding British and Irish Lions streak for Itoje on a personal level, the second row was once again one of the England stars of the year-end campaign.
Part of a squad that featured a number of inexperienced players in November, the 27-year-old led by example and helped the Red Rose to victories against Tonga, Australia and the world champions from South Africa.
Cured in the last six months
“I’ve never seen a guy mature as much as he has in the past six months, so it’s been a really good time for him,” Jones told the Telegraph.
“I am going to contradict myself – and contradiction is a part of life – but I have no doubt that in the future he will be captain of England. Whether it be in my time or in someone else’s time. ‘other.
Itoje has skipped England at U20 level but rarely has done so for the Saracens, with Owen Farrell, who also heads the national team, currently captain of the Londoners club.
“He’s really going in the right direction and it was interesting the role he played on the team over the fall,” Jones added. âHe took on the role of the team’s communications manager.
âIt’s when the team gets together to talk about things that they need to talk about. And no one has done a better job than him, so I’m really happy with the way he’s playing.