Maro Itoje has revealed England players noticed a change in mood ahead of Eddie Jones’ sacking in November and likened it to the end of Boris Johnson’s term as prime minister.
“I think I just saw him on the news,” Itoje said speaking exclusively to The Telegraph.
“We felt the mood change, especially in the newspapers. Kind of like how it felt when Boris Johnson or Liz Truss were coming to an end. It was that kind of change.
“I am very grateful to [Eddie]. He chose me 62 times. I don’t think he ever let me down. So I’m grateful for the opportunities. He pushed me.
“He had his moments with me, but ultimately I’m grateful for what he did.”
“Things will change,” Itoje said. [Steve] will change our way of doing things. And to be completely honest, we needed a change, because last year was not what we expected from ourselves.
“So change is good, it’s exciting. I’ve always said that this team has incredible potential. Now it’s about figuring out how to make that a reality.
ITOJE’S TOUGHEST OPPONENTS:
#3. Charles Piutau
Itoje said: ”For me, it’s always those fast guys that you can’t really reach that give me the most trouble. I don’t know if I played him this year but Piutau is a real handful.
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