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ALEX GOODE: Shaky under an early high kick but settled well on his return to the side and notched his first international try to cap a memorable day for the full-back . 7/10

SEMESA ROKODUGUNI: Man of the match on just his second England start. The Fiji-born winger looked a threat almost every time he had the ball in hand and as well as scoring a brace of tries made a couple of explosive breaks. Defensively might have done better for a couple of Fiji's tries, but he was not alone in that. 9

JONATHAN JOSEPH: Got England up and running with the first of their nine tries and showed good anticipation to intercept a lofted pass for his second try after the interval. Good in attack and made seven tackles as well in a good all-round showing. 7

OWEN FARRELL: Passed 500 points for his country but risked the displeasure of the England fans by taking on a penalty just before the break when the supporters were hungry for more tries. Kept things ticking over in midfield with some impressive link work. 7

ELLIOT DALY: Superb display from the Wasps man after being named on the wing. Opened his international try account with a clinical finish early on - albeit helped by some indifferent Fiji defending - and gave the visitors plenty of food for thought throughout. 8

GEORGE FORD: Dictated play well as England created chance after chance, especially in the first half. His superbly delayed passes led to easy finishes for a several of his team-mates and his decision making was rarely at fault. 8

BEN YOUNGS: Like many of the England team, Youngs shone in attack with the scrum-half contributing to a blistering start from Eddie Jones' men. 7

MAKO VUNIPOLA: A powerful runner in possession and relished the physicality of the battle. Also showed good hands in attack to give England different options going forward. 7

DYLAN HARTLEY: Missed a tackle for Fiji's third try but the same could be said of numerous England players during the match against powerful opponents. Lineout throwing was good and was denied a second-half try due to an obstruction by front-row partner Mako Vunipola. 7

DAN COLE: P layed a key part in England's opening try and needed to put in a strong showing to compete with hard-hitting Fijians. 7

JOE LAUNCHBURY: Finished the match with a brace of tries to cap a good display by the big Wasps lock and earn some scoreboard reward for England's pack. 7

COURTNEY LAWES: Another solid performance by the second row to help give the England backs the platform to go to town. 7

CHRIS ROBSHAW: Stole crucial possession ahead of England's first try to help get the ball rolling and showed some great defence to prevent Fiji from pulling another try back late on. 7

TEIMANA HARRISON: One of several England players to celebrate their first international try in the match when he powered over following a lineout. Made plenty of tackles but might have done better on other occasions. 7

BILLY VUNIPOLA: Was an injury doubt for the match but played the full 80 minutes and carried on running to the end. Another fine display by the number eight. 7


JAMIE GEORGE: Showed up well on a couple of occasions after replacing Hartley just after half-time. 6

JOE MARLER: Sent on for Mako Vunipula to try and keep England on the front foot. 6

KYKE SINCKLER: Took over from Cole just before the hour mark. 6

CHARLIE EWELS: Replaced Lawes midway through the second half to make his England debut. 6

NATHAN HUGHES: Replaced Harrison and ensured Fiji did not get a foothold back into the game: 6

DANNY CARE: Good prompting after coming on for Youngs. 6

BEN TE'O: Made some good contributions in attack and defence. 7

HENRY SLADE: Played a key role in Launchbury's second try and enjoyed the open spaces late on. 6

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