‘Itoje could play anywhere’ – Kruis

Date published: October 6 2016

England second-row George Kruis believes fellow England international Maro Itoje could play anywhere on the field, even in the seven jersey.

After a spate of injuries to incumbent England opensides Sam Jones and James Haskell, England boss Eddie Jones might have to look elsewhere for a tearaway.

Kruis, who has been Itoje’s second-row partner over recent seasons, says the ‘The Pearl’ could definitely make a name for himself as a world class seven.

“Maro’s got the work rate and he’s very physical. There’s not much he doesn’t have to be honest. If he wanted to play fly-half he probably could,” Kruis told ESPN.

“He’s a very talented player and if it benefits the team to have him there, then that’s the right position for him. At Saracens he has played six a few times. Eddie obviously has a plan of what he wants and if it is right for the team, then that will be the case.”

England will take on South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia at Twickenham during November’s internationals.