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Rugby Union

Jones happy with strength in depth amid Itoje concerns

4th February 2019, 09:49 by Alex Jack

England boss Eddie Jones claims his team will be able to cope if they don't have Maro Itoje for the remainder of the Six Nations.

There are concerns surrounding the Saracens star after he was forced off early in England's superb 32-20 victory over reigning champions Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Reports have now suggested Itoje could be out for the rest of the competition but Jones feels his side have the strength in depth to cope in the absence of the British & Irish Lions lock.

"Maro's going to be the best lock in the world so it's a big loss, but we've got good depth," Jones said.

"We've got Joe Launchbury ready to come back in and you saw Courtney Lawes come off the bench for us. We'll have to fill his spot and guys will just have to work that bit harder to cover his gap for how long he is out for."

England are next in action on Sunday when they welcome France to Twickenham.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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