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Ospreys flying in Europe but wary of Saracens’ revitalised big guns

• Ospreys hope Dan Biggar will be inspired by locking horns with Owen Farrell • ‘It’s a bit David against Goliath,’ says Ospreys coach, Steve TandyFew gave Ospreys a chance of finishing above the bottom of their group, never mind making it through to t…

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Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje set to make Saracens return in England boost

• Fit-again pair likely to be in Sarries squad to face Wasps next weekend• They will be joined by Nathan Earle at England’s two-day training campEddie Jones has received a boost before the Six Nations, with the news that Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje a…

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Maro Itoje will be available for England’s Six Nations title defence

• Player required surgery on fractured jaw in defeat at Harlequins this month• Saracens reveal he faces a maximum of four more weeks in rehabilitationMaro Itoje will be available for the start of England’s Six Nations title defence after Saracens revea…

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Saracens’ Maro Itoje a doubt for Six Nations after suffering broken jaw

• Forward will see specialist after injury during Sunday’s defeat to Harlequins• Itoje could miss up to 10 weeks, including England’s opener against ItalyMaro Itoje is a doubt for the start of England’s Six Nations campaign after Saracens confirmed he …

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Henry Slade replaces Farrell in England autumn series opener against Argentina

• Coach Eddie Jones has also rested Maro Itoje for the Twickenham game• Elliot Daly and fellow Lions Tests regular Anthony Watson both start on wingsEngland have omitted starting regulars Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje but have included Exeter’s Henry Sla…

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Maro Itoje hot off the press and a must for British & Irish Lions Test | Paul Rees

• Itoje a leader in Lions ‘pressing game’ and should start against All Blacks
• England and second-row forward key to trying to frustrate Beauden Barrett

The British & Irish Lions sealed victory against the Maori All Blacks with a try that was spawned by their relentless defence which resembles the pressing game favoured by many of the top football clubs.

Damian McKenzie – the Maori fly-half who is one of the most threatening runners in Super Rugby, where he operates mostly as a full‑back – received the ball in his 22 and was quickly closed down by the second-rows George Kruis and Maro Itoje 12 minutes into the second half, even though he was standing deep.

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‘Phenomenal’ Maro Itoje relishing new role as lineout leader | Gerard Meagher

There would not seem room for another string on the 22-year-old’s bow but the England second‑row continues to grow, on and off the pitch

There are seemingly endless ways of highlighting the speed of Maro Itoje’s rise to being one of the world’s premier locks and an England captain in waiting, but the latest is another that will astound: the last time the British & Irish Lions toured New Zealand, in 2005, Itoje was yet to even pick up a rugby ball.

It also serves as a reminder that he is still learning his trade. This season, with Saracens incurring a number of injuries at second row, the 22-year-old Itoje has been calling the lineout for the first time in his fledgling career.

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Courtney Lawes credits England coach Eddie Jones for his return to form

• Jones pointed out flaws that kept Lawes on the bench in Australia
• ‘I needed to push myself more and that’s what he made me do‘

Courtney Lawes was likened to a “human ice-pack” after his tireless shift against Wales but he is just pleased to be in from the cold. The 27-year-old was integral to England’s rearguard action in Cardiff and, after finding himself behind Maro Itoje and George Kruis in the pecking order last summer in Australia, he has established himself as one of Eddie Jones’s key lieutenants in the boiler room.

Lawes has had a litany of injuries in the past few years, including shoulder and ankle problems, and he admits that when Jones took charge of England at the end of 2015 his form was not international standard. Dovetailing with Itoje in Cardiff, though – the pair swapped between lock and flanker – he was singled out for praise by Jones, and Lawes believes the penny has finally dropped.

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Courtney Lawes credits England coach Eddie Jones for his return to form

• Jones pointed out flaws that kept Lawes on the bench in Australia
• ‘I needed to push myself more and that’s what he made me do‘

Courtney Lawes was likened to a “human ice-pack” after his tireless shift against Wales but he is just pleased to be in from the cold. The 27-year-old was integral to England’s rearguard action in Cardiff and, after finding himself behind Maro Itoje and George Kruis in the pecking order last summer in Australia, he has established himself as one of Eddie Jones’s key lieutenants in the boiler room.

Lawes has had a litany of injuries in the past few years, including shoulder and ankle problems, and he admits that when Jones took charge of England at the end of 2015 his form was not international standard. Dovetailing with Itoje in Cardiff, though – the pair swapped between lock and flanker – he was singled out for praise by Jones, and Lawes believes the penny has finally dropped.

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Maro Itoje eyes all-round England impact after Jones hails scrum ability

• Itoje alternated with second-row Courtney Lawes in Six Nations win in Wales
• ‘I want to be the most complete player I can – and that involves scrummaging’

Eddie Jones could hardly be accused of half measures but closer inspection of Maro Itoje’s performance against Wales would suggest exactly that. When first Chris Robshaw and then James Haskell were described as “six and a halves” it was not a compliment – the latter even had the England kit-man print T‑shirts to make light of the label.

Related: Six Nations setting higher standards by keeping up with the Joneses | Andy Bull

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Maro Itoje eyes all-round England impact after Jones hails scrum ability

• Itoje alternated with second-row Courtney Lawes in Six Nations win in Wales
• ‘I want to be the most complete player I can – and that involves scrummaging’

Eddie Jones could hardly be accused of half measures but closer inspection of Maro Itoje’s performance against Wales would suggest exactly that. When first Chris Robshaw and then James Haskell were described as “six and a halves” it was not a compliment – the latter even had the England kit-man print T‑shirts to make light of the label.

Related: Six Nations setting higher standards by keeping up with the Joneses | Andy Bull

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Maro Itoje eyes all-round England impact after Jones hails scrum ability

• Itoje alternated with second-row Courtney Lawes in Six Nations win in Wales
• ‘I want to be the most complete player I can – and that involves scrummaging’

Eddie Jones could hardly be accused of half measures but closer inspection of Maro Itoje’s performance against Wales would suggest exactly that. When first Chris Robshaw and then James Haskell were described as “six and a halves” it was not a compliment – the latter even had the England kit-man print T‑shirts to make light of the label.

Related: Six Nations setting higher standards by keeping up with the Joneses | Andy Bull

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Maro Itoje eyes all-round England impact after Jones hails scrum ability

• Itoje alternated with second-row Courtney Lawes in Six Nations win in Wales
• ‘I want to be the most complete player I can – and that involves scrummaging’

Eddie Jones could hardly be accused of half measures but closer inspection of Maro Itoje’s performance against Wales would suggest exactly that. When first Chris Robshaw and then James Haskell were described as “six and a halves” it was not a compliment – the latter even had the England kit-man print T‑shirts to make light of the label.

Related: Six Nations setting higher standards by keeping up with the Joneses | Andy Bull

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Maro Itoje eyes all-round England impact after Jones hails scrum ability

• Itoje alternated with second-row Courtney Lawes in Six Nations win in Wales
• ‘I want to be the most complete player I can – and that involves scrummaging’

Eddie Jones could hardly be accused of half measures but closer inspection of Maro Itoje’s performance against Wales would suggest exactly that. When first Chris Robshaw and then James Haskell were described as “six and a halves” it was not a compliment – the latter even had the England kit-man print T‑shirts to make light of the label.

Related: Six Nations setting higher standards by keeping up with the Joneses | Andy Bull

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Maro Itoje eyes all-round England impact after Jones hails scrum ability

• Itoje alternated with second-row Courtney Lawes in Six Nations win in Wales
• ‘I want to be the most complete player I can – and that involves scrummaging’

Eddie Jones could hardly be accused of half measures but closer inspection of Maro Itoje’s performance against Wales would suggest exactly that. When first Chris Robshaw and then James Haskell were described as “six and a halves” it was not a compliment – the latter even had the England kit-man print T‑shirts to make light of the label.

Related: Six Nations setting higher standards by keeping up with the Joneses | Andy Bull

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Maro Itoje eyes all-round England impact after Jones hails scrum ability

• Itoje alternated with second-row Courtney Lawes in Six Nations win in Wales
• ‘I want to be the most complete player I can – and that involves scrummaging’

Eddie Jones could hardly be accused of half measures but closer inspection of Maro Itoje’s performance against Wales would suggest exactly that. When first Chris Robshaw and then James Haskell were described as “six and a halves” it was not a compliment – the latter even had the England kit-man print T‑shirts to make light of the label.

Related: Six Nations setting higher standards by keeping up with the Joneses | Andy Bull

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Maro Itoje eyes all-round England impact after Jones hails scrum ability

• Itoje alternated with second-row Courtney Lawes in Six Nations win in Wales
• ‘I want to be the most complete player I can – and that involves scrummaging’

Eddie Jones could hardly be accused of half measures but closer inspection of Maro Itoje’s performance against Wales would suggest exactly that. When first Chris Robshaw and then James Haskell were described as “six and a halves” it was not a compliment – the latter even had the England kit-man print T‑shirts to make light of the label.

Related: Six Nations setting higher standards by keeping up with the Joneses | Andy Bull

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Maro Itoje eyes all-round England impact after Jones hails scrum ability

• Itoje alternated with second-row Courtney Lawes in Six Nations win in Wales
• ‘I want to be the most complete player I can – and that involves scrummaging’

Eddie Jones could hardly be accused of half measures but closer inspection of Maro Itoje’s performance against Wales would suggest exactly that. When first Chris Robshaw and then James Haskell were described as “six and a halves” it was not a compliment – the latter even had the England kit-man print T‑shirts to make light of the label.

Related: Six Nations setting higher standards by keeping up with the Joneses | Andy Bull

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Six Nations: Injuries force England to run through back-row options against Wales

Eddie Jones selects Maro Itoje, Jack Clifford and Nathan Hughes, with a combined 20 caps, as he seeks a 16th consecutive Test win

When someone used the word “callow” to describe England’s starting back row to face Wales on Saturday, Eddie Jones asked his questioner for a precise definition. The dictionary offers several alternatives, ranging from immature, inexperienced and naive to green as grass, raw and untried. Not all are entirely suitable but a steep Cardiff learning curve definitely awaits in Cardiff.

By choosing Maro Itoje, Jack Clifford and Nathan Hughes in tandem opposite the Wales trio of Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty, Jones can hardly be accused of conservatism. Itoje will be making only his second start on the blindside flank, Clifford has never started a Six Nations game, while Hughes will be wearing the England No8 jersey for only the third time. Warburton will be winning his 71st cap and Tipuric his 48th.

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Premiership roundup: Maro Itoje’s Saracens return ends in loss to Bath

• Bath 14-11 Saracens
• England lock makes first appearance after six-week layoff

The return of England lock Maro Itoje ended in defeat as Saracens suffered the second loss of their league campaign. Three Tom Homer penalties and a Max Clark try lifted Bath into second place in the Premiership as they edged out the champions 14-11 at the Rec.

Sean Maitland touched down for the leaders, while Alex Lozowski – who was also sent to the sin-bin – kicked a penalty and a drop goal, before sending a 52-metre penalty wide with the game’s final kick.

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