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England’s Maro Itoje in action against Scotland: he is “like some sort of hybrid player that comes along but once a century”. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

England’s Maro Itoje in action against Scotland: he is “like some sort of hybrid player that comes along but once a century”. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

England’s Jonathan Joseph was named man of the match for the game against Scotland in Twickenham on Saturday, but he’s not my main worry. It is is Maro Itoje who was wearing number six. In Itoje England have a man in the blindside jersey who comes with a massive difference.

Yes, he “argues” like a six and, yes, he runs and carries as a six. He also defends like a six and his incredible breakdown work is also like a six. However, his lineout work is like a 5½ and most impressively he does all this whilst scrummaging behind his tighthead prop as a number five.

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