Maro Itoje injury has England anxious after Six Nations triumph over Ireland

Maro Itoje injury has England anxious after Six Nations triumph over Ireland

Itoje may miss the rest of the tournament, but at this stage it is hoped that intensive rehabilitation could help him regain full fitness in time for the home match against the Scots on March 16. "It's ligament damage to his knee", said forwards coach Steve Borthwick. Hopefully he'll heal fast and we'll have him back ASAP.

"I was going to go for the intercept but obviously Farrell's pass is one of the best in the game and it beat me".

Itoje's Saracens team-mate Nick Isiekwe has been called into England's 35-man training squad ahead of Sunday's match against France at Twickenham.

Either Courtney Lawes or Joe Launchbury will slot into the starting XV in his absence, partnering George Kruis in the second row.

He's a brilliant player and he's a world-class player.

Yet even though England produced a near faultless display against some people's favourites for the tournament, Jones was not going to be drawn on his team's chances in Asia.

"We all saw the impact Lawes had off the bench, the hitting power he has and how he can carry".

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"As a playing group we've got to be honest with ourselves and drive that as a team".

In one of the most impressive displays by an England team for years Eddie Jones's men outclassed an Ireland team who only two months earlier had beaten the All Blacks and hadn't lost a Six Nations game at home in 12 attempts with 18 victories in their previous 19 Tests.

John Cooney's late try may not have had any bearing on the outcome of the titanic tussle between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium, nor did it rescue a losing bonus point for the hosts, but it did prevent them relinquishing second place in the World Rugby Rankings to their victors.

Meanwhile, two days after helping England record the greatest victory of the Jones era, Mark Wilson was brought down to earth through a shift of changing nappies.

"As far as England are concerned, we will take a quick look back at them but for us now, it is all about Scotland and we will try to springboard our way in from there".

"As I have said we are human and there are times that human beings, without ever being complacent, if you assume anything in this world of high performance sport, assumption will undo you", he said.

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