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How the England players rated against France

Published 20/03/2016

England's Billy Vunipola excelled against France
England's Billy Vunipola excelled against France

England seized their first Grand Slam since 2003 with a tense 31-21 victory over France in Paris to complete a triumphant debut campaign at the helm for Eddie Jones.

Here's how the players rated at the Stade de France.

MIKE BROWN: Always makes ground when carrying but needs to pass the ball as well. 6

ANTHONY WATSON: Another try for the Bath wing who has become England's deadliest finisher. 7

JONATHAN JOSEPH: Tried to make things happen but did not run for him on this night. 6

OWEN FARRELL: Tackled his heart out and his determination to win the Grand Slam was evident. 8

JACK NOWELL: Beaten for pace by opposite man at one point but is tenacious and hard to tackle. 6

GEORGE FORD: An improved performance from the fly-half but looked lost at times. 6

DANNY CARE: Inspired decision to start him, but why was he taken off so early? Great solo try. 8

MAKO VUNIPOLA: Did his job manfully, carrying hard and manning the barricades in the tight finish. 7

DYLAN HARTLEY: Suffered a savage knockout and was stretchered off, but strong until then. 7

DAN COLE: Continues to concede penalties but the prop is one of Eddie Jones' success stories. 7

MARO ITOJE: Failed to scale the heights of his Wales display, but still a mighty shift from the youngster. 7

GEORGE KRUIS: Another flawless match for England's line-out, which had Kruis' name stamped all over it. 8

CHRIS ROBSHAW: One of his best Red Rose performances built on a relentless work rate. 8

JAMES HASKELL: The flanker was immense, putting in the hard yards with carry after carry. 8

BILLY VUNIPOLA: A third man-of-the-match performance of the Championship says it all. 8

Replacements -

LUKE COWAN-DICKIE: Performed his duties. 6

JOE MARLER: Faded after bright start to cameo. 5

JACK CLIFFORD: Five more Test minutes for the youngster. 6

BEN YOUNGS: Helped set-up Watson's try. 6

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