Maro Itoje admits England fans 'deserve better' after a wretched 2022

Maro Itoje says England fans ‘deserve better’ after just five wins in a wretched 2022 that led to Eddie Jones being sacked as coach… as he insists he’s excited to ‘write a new chapter in English rugby’ under Steve Borthwick

  • England endured a very disappointing 2022, winning just five out of 12 Tests 
  • Eddie Jones was sacked as England coach and replaced by Steve Borthwick 
  • They begin their 2023 Six Nations campaign on Saturday against Scotland 

Maro Itoje insisted the fans ‘deserve better’ as England look to right the wrongs of a wretched 2022 that ended with Eddie Jones getting the sack.

England won just five Tests out of 12 last year, before Steve Borthwick was fast-tracked in as head coach for the upcoming Six Nations.

Lock Itoje said: ‘We didn’t represent the rose in the way we would have liked. As players, we acknowledge that and the fans deserve better. 

‘As players, we don’t want to characterise our careers in that sort of fashion; we want successful careers where we’re winning.

‘In 2022, on the whole, it wasn’t exactly where we wanted it. The exciting thing is that we have a fresh opportunity to right those wrongs. 

Maro Itoje insists England fans deserve better after just five victories in 12 Tests in 2022

It was a dreadful year for England and led to Eddie Jones (left) being sacked as coach of the side and being replaced by Steve Borthwick

England endured a wretched 2022 including losing to South Africa in November (above)

‘You can’t fully do that as there are things we can’t change but we do acknowledge that 2022 wasn’t the best representation of ourselves.

‘The past is the past. We’re fully aware that in recent times, especially in the autumn, it wasn’t up the standard we would expect of ourselves. 

‘But as a team, we are really excited about what we can do. One of things Steve has told us is when we go out there we need to have pride in what we do and make the people in the stands proud as well. 

‘The worst thing you can have in life is regret, or not putting your best foot forward. We have an opportunity to start new, start fresh and write a new chapter in English rugby.’

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