Maro Itoje back on form as Saracens ease past sluggish Harlequins

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• Itoje had his say on possible fatigue with sleeping try celebration

England’s struggle this season has, as ever, generated debate about the fault line in the professional game in a country where the first loyalty of players is not to their national team but their employers, the clubs. Eddie Jones has been accused of flogging his squad in training but the only time he has control over his charges is during international windows, and a couple of camps outside. On the evidence of this stop-stop encounter, it is nowhere near enough.

Every round of the Premiership supplies evidence that the club game, lacking the fluidity, pace and intensity Jones believes will be required to have a chance of winning the World Cup, is not serving England. It was not set up to nor will it, as the Saracens chairman, Nigel Wray, who has been involved since the onset of professionalism, reminded those who read his programme notes.

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