‘We won’t forget this feeling’, vows England’s Maro Itoje… who claims he will always be haunted his country’s shock Six Nations defeat to Scotland
- England suffered a shock 11-6 home Six Nations loss to Scotland on Saturday
- Scotland outfought their rivals to record their first win on English soil in 38 years
- Maro Itoje claims he will be haunted by the disappointing display at Twickenham
Maro Itoje has admitted he will be haunted by Saturday’s defeat by Scotland, only his 12th in 47 Tests.
The England lock said: ‘You never really forget these days. You never really forget these moments, and to be honest I don’t really want to forget them.
‘I want to move on from it but I don’t want to forget it as it keeps you sharp. Losing like this at Twickenham is never what you dream of, so it’s definitely not ideal.
Maro Itoje claims he will always be haunted by England’s shock Six Nations loss to Scotland
Gregor Townsend’s side won 11-6 on Saturday for their first win on English soil in 38 years
‘All the players know that it wasn’t up to scratch. It’s a tough lesson to take but we’ve got four more games to control our destiny.’
England have promised to have ‘a good look at themselves’ and plan to recall Kyle Sinckler and Mako Vunipola following their Calcutta Cup humiliation.
With Sinckler returning from suspension and Vunipola recovering from injury, Eddie Jones is hoping to recall his front-row cavalry for Saturday’s Test against Italy.
Itoje claimed England were ‘not up to scratch’ in the shock Twickenham defeat on Saturday
Hooker Jamie George said: ‘When you play for England, you need to make sure there are certain standards you hold yourself to and we didn’t do that. We have got to have a good look at ourselves.
‘It was a very disappointed changing room. Eddie came in and said, “Look, we need to make sure that we learn from this, remember this feeling, look forward and become a better team, otherwise we are letting ourselves down”.
‘That’s got to be the main focus for us over the next few days. One bad game doesn’t make us a bad team. We’ll make sure that we bounce back.’
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