England coach Eddie Jones admits Maro Itoje has lost some of his superpowers ahead of Six Nations clash with France

ENGLAND'S prize-profitable Maro is in a stew.

However Eddie Jones says Maro Itoje’s wilting type is just "second-season syndrome”.

 Maro Itoje stormed onto the scene but has taken a backwards step

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Maro Itoje stormed onto the scene however has taken a backwards step

The Saracens second-row, 23, was lacking some of his superhuman powers as England struggled to beat Wales and crashed to Scotland.

However Pink Rose boss Jones shouldn’t be alarmed at Tremendous Maro hitting a velocity bump, even when most individuals assume he’s in his THIRD season not second!

The Aussie insisted:  “Maro is second season.

“First season, nobody is aware of what’s your greatest shot, nobody is aware of the place you rating runs.

 Maro Itoje is a huge force for England when at his best

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Maro Itoje is a large pressure for England when at his greatest

“Second season, everybody is aware of they usually take that away from you. And also you’ve received to discover a totally different strategy to rating runs. That’s what he’s discovering in the mean time.

“By the point he will get to the World Cup, he’ll be third yr. He’s going to be an ideal participant for us. What he's going by way of in the intervening time could be very pure.”

Itoje made his England debut within the 2016 Six Nations and ended his first full inter- nationwide season   by serving to the Lions draw their Check collection in New Zealand in 2017.

However the strut he had after victory within the Second Check in Wellington — the place he smothered the All Blacks within the deal with, punched holes of their defence and dominated the lineout — has pale.

 Eddie Jones saw his side beaten by Scotland to ruin their Grand Slam hopes

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Eddie Jones noticed his aspect crushed by Scotland to damage their Grand Slam hopes

Groups are wising as much as the 2-time Champions Cup winner and 2016’s European Participant of the Yr, sticking two males on him within the deal with and bashing him away from the breakdown.

Jones added: “Maro will get rather a lot of his power across the ruck. However he isn’t being given that chance. He’s a really diligent and critical participant and I’ve been actually impressed by him — actually I’m extra impressed by him this season than final as a result of he’s working exhausting to enhance his recreation.

“He understands he has to work it out himself.

“Rather a lot of gamers get caught in second-season syndrome, notably if you come out of the blocks within the first season. You not solely carry the expectation, you carry extra consideration from different gamers.”

Jones will stick with Itoje for Saturday’s should-win recreation towards France as England bid to maintain alive hopes of a report third successive Six Nations title.

However even the historical past books are towards Jones as no Purple Rose aspect has gained the event following a Lions tour since 1963.

Jones added: “Historical past exhibits the group that has probably the most Lions struggles within the Six Nations.

“There’s so much of causes to know why. We had sixteen gamers on the Lions tour. I all the time knew this was going to be a troublesome yr however we haven’t used that as an excuse and we don’t intend to.”

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ENGLAND'S prize-profitable Maro is in a stew.

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