Eddie Jones backs Maro Itoje to ‘climb another Everest’ for the next stage of his career

Itoje has already earned more than 50 caps for England and Jones believes the lock has already shown his quality. But, following Itoje’s performance against Ireland on Saturday, the England manager also believes the 27-year-old has more momentum to pass.

Jones has backed Itoje to improve further and he sees no reason why the Saracens star can’t enjoy a second career high.

“I like the way the team is developing, I like the spirit of the team, I like the combination of some of the older players,” Jones said. “I couldn’t be happier with how someone like Jamie George has come back.

“Maro Itoje is going to another peak. He climbed Everest as a young player and it looks like he is going to climb another Everest as a mature player.

“Then we have these young guys like Freddie [Steward] and Harry [Randall] and Marcus [Smith]who are all doing well.

England are next in action on Saturday, when they travel to Paris to take on Grand Slam hopefuls France.

The French are chasing their first Grand Slam title in over 10 years, but Jones believes they have weaknesses England can exploit.

“We’re concerned about ourselves, but we’ll have in-game ways to put them under pressure,” Jones said.

“The only thing I know is that there isn’t a team in the world, or there hasn’t been one in the history of the game, that doesn’t have a flaw in its armor.

“Every team has a flaw in their armor and it’s your ability to be able to find that flaw and then expose it, which will be key on Saturday against France.”

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