Eddie Jones’ surprises England squad with team bonding session

  • The squad enjoyed a relaxing trip to All Star Lanes bowling alley in Bayswater
  • Eddie Jones has used judo, mixed martial arts and beach football in the past
  • England have won their first two games and face Italy on Sunday
Eddie Jones has identified a weakness in Maro Itoje, but England fans need not be unduly concerned by the lock’s ‘awful’  ten-pin bowling performance.

The 22-year-old has been an imperious member of the England pack since Eddie Jones took over, playing in the second and back-row.


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But some team bonding on Tuesday morning exposed an athletic flaw in Itoje,

‘We went ten-pin bowling this morning,’ Paul Gustard said on Tuesday evening.

‘The boys thought we were going to do some forwards units and backs units.



‘They were all dressed in their rugby kit, got into the coach to go to the school for units and we turned up at the bowling alley.

‘Unsurprisingly Owen Farrell’s pretty good. Quite competitive.

‘(But) it wasn’t really who was good, it was more who was bad – Maro Itoje without a doubt. Awful. Awful. Like embarrassingly bad. He needed rails.

‘He couldn’t get it down the lane.’

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