Itoje, who can complete chin-ups with 11st weights attached to his belt, has been switched into the second row to add extra scrum power in the last two England Tests at Lawes’s expense.
But Lawes insists his nose has not been pushed out of joint by the job share and claims he is happy to continue with a part-time flanker role against Scotland this Saturday.
“I don’t feel like I’ve lost my spot – I probably prefer scrummaging at six to be honest – but Maro’s stronger than me, there’s no getting around it,” said Lawes.
Courtney Lawes conceded that Maro Itoje is stronger than him
Maro Itoje has impressed after being moved to the second row
“I do things better than him and he does things better than me. One of the things he’s better than me at is scrummaging so why not put him in the second row and have me at six? As long as it doesn’t cost me a place in the team I’m happy to do that.
“It’s not that I’m not a big, strong boy but he’s a freak. I prefer to play six anyway.
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"It enables you to get your hands on the ball a couple of extra times per game and that’s good for me.
"I’m athletic enough, I can get around the park. I can play six as well as the next man.”