Saracens - Gustard hails Itoje Saxons call-up

Jan 22, 2015

Gustard hails Itoje Saxons call-up

Paul Gustard believes Maro Itoje has fully warranted his selection in the  England Saxons 24-man squad.

20-year lock Itoje has been included in the Saxons group, who will face the Irish Wolfhounds in Cork on Friday January 30, and the Saracens defence coach believes Itoje's recent form and leadership qualities are what have won many admirers for the Saxons bolter this season.

Gustard said: “We’re unbelievably excited for him and hopefully he’ll get a good hit out for the Saxons.”

“We’ve seen the benefit of Maro through the Storm games in the A-League, and the LV=Cup. He’s been magnificent and hasn’t lost a game as captain so far.

He added: "Maro's been in superb form us. He thoroughly deserves his call up, and to progress to a higher echelon. He is getting the recognition that we feel has been warranted.”

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