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“Future England captain” – The 3 players Eddie Jones tipped to be world-class in 2015

#3. Maro Itoje

  • Age: 26
  • Position: Lock/Flanker
  • Club: Saracens
  • Caps: 51

The lock, who is equally at home on the flank, is one of a number of success stories from the Saracens Academy, stepping up to the first team for his debut in January 2013 in the LV= Cup.

The four-time Premiership winner and three-time European champion’s international CV also makes for impressive reading. ‘The Pearl’ guided England U20 to their second-ever World Rugby Championship title before gaining a full cap in the 2016 Six Nations where Eddie Jones’ side were crowned Grand Slam champions.

Where is he now? He followed up with three Test starts on England’s victorious summer tour of Australia and another Six Nations gong before becoming a British & Irish Lion in 2017 and 2021.

Itoje was named European Player of the Year and Land Rover Discovery of the Season in 2016 as well as man of the match in Saracens’ maiden European Cup success.

Did you know? As a schoolboy, Itoje played several sports including basketballfootballrugby and athletics, representing England at U17 level in shot put