England second-row Maro Itoje has compared the end of Eddie Jones in time of charge to the end of Boris Johnson's time as Prime Minister.
After seven years in charge, Jones was sacked as England manager in December. Despite early success in charge of England, the last two years were underwhelming for England.
After a Grand Slam in 2016 and Six Nations title in 2017, with Itoje key to England's system, it looked like a change in fortunes after a disappointing 2015 World Cup.
Ever since their final defeat to South Africa, England, and indeed Jones, were never the same. Issues with big name players, along with back to back failures in the Six Nations, brought an end to Eddie Jones time in charge.
Itoje Makes Compares Eddie Jones To Boris Johnson
While Jones has quickly come back into the game with Australia, Maro Itoje believes it was the right decision for the players and management for Jones to be sacked.
Under Jones, Itoje became one of the best players in the world, and is thankful for giving him the opportunity to develop his game.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Itoje admitted the mood had changed in the squad, and compared it to the final days of Boris Johnson's time as Prime Minister.
You could feel the mood change, especially in the newspapers. Kind of like how it felt when Boris Johnson or Liz Truss were coming to their end. It was that kind of shift.
I don't think he ever dropped me, so I'm grateful for the opportunities. He had his moments with me, but ultimately I'm grateful for what he's done. Things are going to change, [Steve] will change the way we do things.
To be completely honest, we needed a change, because the last year wasn't what we expected of ourselves. So change is good, it's exciting. I've always said this team has an incredible amount of potential. It's now about us figuring out how to make that a reality."
When you examine the end of both Johnson and Jones time in charge of England, Itoje could be on to something.
After winning the general election in 2019, Johnson was seen has a firm leader for the Conservative party after years of chaos.
However, failures in the handling of Covid-19, Brexit, the cost of living crisis, and allegations in his personal life meant he was left with no option but to resign.