Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby

England v France ratings

MIKE BROWN: One of England's best performers on a night when little went right. 7

JACK NOWELL: Wriggled through tackles and always made yards. 7

JONATHAN JOSEPH: Ran in a late try but the match otherwise passed him by. 6

LUTHER BURRELL: Needed more and better ball to make a World Cup statement. 6

JONNY MAY: The ball did not come his way on a difficult night. 5

GEORGE FORD: One of his worst performances for England. 5

BEN YOUNGS: Looked off the pace and failed to provide the direction required. 5

JOE MARLER: Huffed and puffed but England's scrum was a mess. 5

TOM YOUNGS: Wayward line-out throwing is a real worry for England. 5

DAN COLE: The main culprit for the line-out malfunction. 5

JOE LAUNCHBURY: First game for England in a year and he will want to forget it. 6

COURTNEY LAWES: Unable to impose himself as the Red Rose pack faltered. 5

JAMES HASKELL: Threw himself around and could challenge Tom Wood. 7

CHRIS ROBSHAW: Another player to produce one of his worst Red Rose displays. 5

BILLY VUNIPOLA: Slimmed down number eight made his share of mistakes. 6

Replacements -

JAMIE GEORGE: First line-out throw was wobbly but improved thereafter. 5

MAKO VUNIPOLA: Stepped off the bench late in the game. 5

DAVID WILSON: England's scrum improved little with his arrival. 5

DAVE ATTWOOD: May have done enough for World Cup selection. 5

NICK EASTER: Late arrival gave him little chance to shine. 5

DANNY CARE: Failed to provide the spark required. 5

DANNY CIPRIANI: Made a difference when he came on. 6

BILLY TWELVETREES: Will not be involved in the World Cup after this. 5

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph