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Itoje to miss Six Nations matches vs France and Wales

Itoje to miss Six Nations matches vs France and Wales

England's Maro Itoje will miss the Six Nations matches against France and Wales after suffering an injury in the victory over Ireland, as reported on BBC Sport.

"He's a brilliant player and he's a world-class player", England scrumhalf Danny Care, who was not named in Eddie Jones' squad, told BBC's Rugby Union Weekly.

Earls has recovered from his knock and is in line to start in Murrayfield for a game that, simply put, is a must-win. They're well coached, well drilled. We'll go through it and find out why that was.

Both Ireland and Wales have to make the trip to Edinburgh in fixtures which neither will be looking forward to while the final game of England's campaign is at Twickenham against, you've guessed it, Scotland.

For a team which has enjoyed so much success in recent years, Schmidt admits it will also be a huge mental challenge for the players - not just a physical one - moving into the week ahead.

After a week on a Portuguese training field, here was the Jones blueprint in full flow on the biggest occasion, against the No2 side in the world and in a game which could set the tone not only for the Six Nations, but the entire World Cup year.




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Ireland winger Keith Earls will be hurting more than most after Saturday's Six Nations loss to England at the Aviva Stadium - both physically and mentally.

"I was going to go for the intercept but obviously Farrell's pass is one of the best in the game and it beat me".

The 32-20 defeat was a chastening experience for Ireland, who have risen from eighth to second in the world rankings since Schmidt took over in 2013, recording two memorable wins over the No.1 ranked New Zealand along the way.

"It was very hard to contain their forward momentum", said Schmidt.

"It's something that happened to us two years ago against the All Blacks - we got bullied here". You've got to be prepared to give as good as you get, and we didn't do that tonight. We were a bit off, probably physically, we didn't front up enough and lost the collisions.