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Published 14/02/2016

Jonathan Joseph scored three of England's tries against Italy
Jonathan Joseph scored three of England's tries against Italy

MIKE BROWN: A quieter game for the fiery full-back, who saw few attacking opportunities. 6/10

ANTHONY WATSON: One athletic, scything run brought the visiting fans to their feet. 7

JONATHAN JOSEPH: Started poorly but redeemed himself brilliantly with a vibrant hat-trick. 8

OWEN FARRELL: Lacks the power to threaten the gainline as a carrier but distributes well. 6

JACK NOWELL: Showed his tenacity in defence just before half-time when England needed him. 6

GEORGE FORD: A definite improvement on Murrayfield and he will surely continue at fly-half. 6

BEN YOUNGS: Enjoyed a fine afternoon, but was bizarrely named man of the match while Joseph ran amok. 7

MAKO VUNIPOLA: His selection at loosehead brought stability to the scrum and he carried well. 7

DYLAN HARTLEY: England's line-out took a step backwards, but otherwise a tidy and effective afternoon. 7

DAN COLE: Continues to give away needless penalties and it is an area of his game that needs fixing. 5

COURTNEY LAWES: Went in search of work in defence and attack, but made little impact. 6

GEORGE KRUIS: Will want to help repair England's line-out as soon as possible. 6

CHRIS ROBSHAW: Has taken well to his role as blindside flanker. Quietly effective. 7

JAMES HASKELL: Francesco Minto will not forget being flattened by the flanker in the first half. 7

BILLY VUNIPOLA: Fell short of his Murrayfield heroics but was forceful nonetheless. 7

Replacements -

JAMIE GEORGE: Little chance to shine. 6

JOE MARLER: Made little difference. 5

PAUL HILL: Will want more caps. 6

JOE LAUNCHBURY: Carried well and with intent. 6

MARO ITOJE: An encouraging debut. 6

JACK CLIFFORD: Put in a shift. 6

DANNY CARE: Brilliant kick set up one try. 7

ALEX GOODE: Brief cameo as a replacement for Farrell. 6

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