ANTHONY JOSHUA’S mate Maro Itoje trash-talked Wales and roared: England will KO your Six Nations Grand Slam.
Lions prize-fighter Itoje is able to ship a body-blow in Cardiff because the reigning title holders tackle the undefeated Dragons.
Maro Itoje reckons England are able to spoil Wales’ Grand Slam bid[/caption]
The England rugby star has met Anthony Joshua a number of instances – and he’s helped hearth him up for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown in Cardiff[/caption]
And to assist hearth him up for the brawls and the mauls boxing fan Itoje, a buddy of IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight Joshua, has been watching a documentary of legendary super-middleweight Chris Eubank.
Earlier than getting into the Principality Stadium ring at present Itoje stated: “I do know AJ – we’ve met a number of instances and spent a little bit of time with each other.
“I’m an enormous fan of boxing and I’m fairly aware of a few of Eubank’s fights – his prime British ones. Him and Nigel Benn and Michael Watson. I discovered it very attention-grabbing.
“And rugby is a sport just like boxing within the sense that you could’t pretend rugby, you possibly can’t play at rugby. You’ll be able to’t simply go on the market and undergo the motions as a result of in case you try this you’ll get beat.
“You should have that preventing spirit, you could have that dogged method to what you do. Our ambition going into the Six Nations was to win it. For us to try this it means we have now to win on Saturday.
“So filled with steam forward.”
As a boxer, Eubank turned the truth that most struggle followers disliked him into a bonus.
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Chris Eubank on Piers Morgan’s Life Tales programme[/caption]
Eubank turned the truth that most struggle followers disliked him into a bonus within the ring[/caption]
And that’s simply how England have it each time they cross the River Severn for these fierce Anglo-Welsh scraps.
Itoje, 26, added: “I feel as an England group particularly, one might argue that’s fairly just like how quite a lot of different nations see us.
“In case you are in that place it’s about relishing it, it’s about having fun with the problem, having fun with the competitors, having fun with the second, residing within the second, being current within the second and do what you could do, and do your finest to maintain enterprise.”
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Itoje’s teammate Jonny Hill has additionally spent the week heading off pleasant hearth.
The second-row goes out with Wales netball ace Sarah Llewellyn, who performed within the 2018 Commonwealth Video games.
And he added: “It’s a kind of issues. I spoke to her final evening and he or she’s absolutely supporting me this weekend, fortunately.
“It’s not too unhealthy. She’s very, very supportive of me to be honest. Her dad is somewhat bit totally different. He’s a bit more durable to steer.”