Maro Itoje’s excellence shows why locks are top earners | Jeremy Guscott

AT first glance reports that second rows are now the most valuable players in the European club game based on a recent survey of wages across Premiership, the Top 14, and the PRO14, was a bit of a surprise.
If you look at them physically then there’s not a lot different in the second row, because the heights and weights of locks are pretty similar to when I was playing alongside the likes of Wade Dooley, Paul Ackford, and Martin Johnson.
International locks in that era had the main attributes of being great lineout exponents and scrummagers, and nothing much has changed about the importan...

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