Itoje to start in the back row?

Date published: June 7 2016

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Maro Itoje could start in England's back row for the first Test against Australia this weekend in Brisbane.

The 21-year-old, who has created a formidable lock pairing with George Kruis both for Saracens and England, was running in the loose foward position at Monday's training session.

Itoje's possible start in the number six jersey means that Robshaw will likely miss out on a starting XV position, which will in all likelihood see Joe Launchbury, Man of the Match against Wales, start in the second row.

England defence coach Paul Gustard affirmed the management's different approach to the style of coaching and playing.

"If we sit back and allow them to play, we will come unstuck pretty fast," Gustard told Reuters.

"'Bodyline' was about saying we can't come here and do what England have done before.

"That mantra of doing something different is what we are trying to do. Pick a different team to what has been done and that is the kind of philosophy we will take into it."

Jones will announce his matchday squad on Thursday.

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