Praise for former Harpenden pupil, Six Nations star Maro Itoje

England's Maro Itoje wins a line out during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, Lo

England's Maro Itoje wins a line out during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 12, 2016. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

England coach Eddie Jones has paid tribute to former Harpenden schoolboy Maro Itoje after a man-of-the-match performance for England against Wales at Twickenham.

England's Maro Itoje during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSO

England's Maro Itoje during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 12, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447. - Credit: PA

Jones had challenged the St George’s man to upgrade from a Vauxhall Viva but after a sensational performance in the 25-21 success, the head coach joked: “He’s a BMW now.

“He’s worked very hard on his game and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to work on.

“It was a very good performance from him. He and George Kruis could lock the scrum for a long time for England.”

What was most impressive about the 21-year-old’s performance was it was only his third appearance, and just his second start.


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And the man himself says he believes he is part of a special team after helping them win the Triple Crown, setting up a potential Grand Slam against France on Saturday night.

Speaking on englandrugby.com he said: “I’m enjoying myself at the moment.

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“I’m fortunate to be part of such a special team, we have an opportunity to do something special and now we are focused on next week.

“The coaches have been very helpful. The first couple of weeks they were hard on me and I think they were right to be so, but they’ve helped me every step of the way and I am very grateful.”

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