Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England forward Itoje to miss France clash with knee injury

England forward Itoje to miss France clash with knee injury

The 24-year-old Saracens lock then suffered medial ligament damage during England's 32-20 win over Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. The Saracens lock is expected to be available towards the end of the tournament.

"I think it's going to be edge of the seat because I don't think there's a huge amount between the teams".

England ran away with the game late on but if Ireland had come back to win they would have been disappointed at Jerome Garces' decision to disallow Mako Vunipola's try on the stroke of half-time. "We went out with a certain plan that we thought would work and we stuck at it, and that's what really pleased me". Not feel sorry for ourselves, we know we're capable of big performances, but we were just a bit off.

"We will be better in the next game because we are still growing", he said.

"They're a top side and they put in some really good hits out there". "They are a top team who are well drilled by an outstanding coach".

"We're not a bad team overnight. We're looking forward to playing better than that - and we will".

"You'll always miss a player of his calibre, you'll take some strength out of your team, but we have very good and experienced players to come in".

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"They accepted nothing from us and gave us as little as possible and that's a credit to them".

"We'll start worrying about where we're standing in the World Cup when we're 10 days out from the first game against Tonga. I don't think that has changed in one game".

Joe Schmidt, Ireland head coach: "I don't think for a moment that it's going to be boring". It was a suffocating place to be out there.

"The result tonight will be a challenge to our confidence because you get used to having that winning feeling and it's pretty hollow right now", Schmidt admitted.

"We've got to dust ourselves down, not feel sorry for ourselves".

Here on SunSport we'll be running a LIVE BLOG from Dublin which will keep you up to date with all the drama.

"Now that this has happened, we need to make sure we use it well, learn from it", he said.

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