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England player ratings


Jonathan Joseph scored three of England's tries against Italy

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