During the 2024 Six Nations, England captain Jamie George disclosed that two notable stars have taken on increased leadership responsibilities.
George expressed gratitude towards fellow senior players, namely Ellis Genge, Maro Itoje, and George Ford, acknowledging their role in ensuring a smooth transition to his captaincy.
Additionally, he highlighted two other players who exhibited leadership skills that were not apparent before.
“I learned a lot,” revealed George, who was reflecting on his first game as captain..
“Probably the thing I need to make sure is I keep doing is using the guys around. I’m so lucky and blessed to have the likes of Ellis Genge, Maro Itoje, George Ford running the team, guys are really trying to put their hands up.
“And outside of that, I have been really impressed with some of the other guys who maybe haven’t been as vocal previously.
“Sam Underhill, in particular, Henry Slade have really stepped up into leadership positions and I’d be stupid not to keep picking their brains and using them, especially on the field.”
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