"He is very inward looking" - Eddie Jones explains why Maro Itoje WON'T be England captain anytime soon - Ruck

“He is very inward looking” – Eddie Jones explains why Maro Itoje WON’T be England captain anytime soon

Eddie Jones has a new book out, but a number of players may not want to find it under the Christmas tree this holiday season.

The England head coach reveals all about his key players – and one that got away – in extracts from his new book for The Telegraph.

Below, we take a look at three players, including Maro Itoje, who may want to dodge this one.

Extracts from Leadership: Lessons from my life in rugby by Eddie Jones with Donald McRae (Macmillan, £20.00) © Eddie Jones/Ensemble Rugby Limited 2021. Buy now for £16.99 at books.telegraph.co.uk or call 0844 871 1514

#1. Maro Itoje

Jones wrote: “There were lots of calls for him to be named as captain of the British and Irish Lions in South Africa in 2021. Alun Wyn Jones rightly got the job instead. That seemed sensible to me. I might be wrong, but I am not sure Maro is a future England captain. He is going to be one of the great players, but Maro is very inward looking.

“We’ve sent Maro to acting classes, which is having a beneficial effect. He speaks more influentially now, and I am hopeful he can develop more communication and leadership skills.”

Maro Itoje of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK