England boss Eddie Jones is set to change Maro Itoje’s position once again ahead of their Autumn Nations Series clash against South Africa.
The Saracens star arguably had his best game of the month as the Red Rose fought back to draw 25-25 with the All Blacks this past weekend.
However, a return to the back-row looks almost guaranteed after the England boss confirmed he wants three line-out jumpers in his side to face the Springboks.
“We probably need three jumpers against South Africa. It’s going to be a higher kicking game so we will have a look at that,” Jones said. “
We were a bit disappointed early on against New Zealand about the effectiveness of our ruck defence. Ardie Savea we handled pretty well.
“Tom Curry and Sam Simmonds defensively were good and that is the best Test match I’ve seen Billy Vunipola play since 2019.”
Social media reactions:
One fan wrote: “Itoje as a flanker doesn’t do it for me. He’s best at lock. Willis in the back row. Toulouse made a great move there”
“Stop playing Maro Itoje at flanker, and then either Earl or Willis instead and the other on the bench.” commented a second.
A third said: “Itoje needs to play at lock & have proper flanker in, Earl the obvious choice but then its Eddie so no chance!”
Itoje said: ““We are happy with the comeback but it feels like we could have done more.
“We didn’t get out of the blocks and left it until the second half where all the pressure was on us to finally be free and play the type of rugby we want to play.