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Rugby Union – Itoje expects to face Italy

England have been handed a boost as Maro Itoje has said he should be fit for their Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome on Sunday. The 23-year-old has only recently returned to action for Saracens after breaking his jaw in two places during the 20-19 Aviva Premiership defeat at Harlequins on 3rd December. And, Itoje then suffered a slight hip injury while with England at their training camp in Portugal, but when asked if he will be available for head coach Eddie Jones this weekend, he said: "I think so. He added: "Truly and honestly there are two things that I am focusing on. The first thing is getting my body right to be able to participate. The second thing is helping the team to best prepare to play Italy." England are 10/11 with bet365 to defend their Six Nations title for a third successive year.

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