England player ratings: Abysmal performances across the board in darkest day for English rugby

Colin Newboult
England players dejected after conceding try against Fiji in Rugby World Cup warm-up.

England players dejected after conceding try against Fiji in Rugby World Cup warm-up.

Following a dreadful 30-22 defeat to Fiji in their Rugby World Cup warm-up at Twickenham on Saturday, here are the player ratings for England.

15 Freddie Steward: Great under the high ball but one-on-one defence isn’t good enough. Lacks pace and it’s exposed when England’s first-up rearguard is missing tackles. 2

14 Max Malins: Doesn’t do anything well enough to be a top Test player, quite frankly. 2

13 Ollie Lawrence: England’s most dangerous back until the rain came, when the Red Rose stopped being able to catch the ball. 5

12 Manu Tuilagi: Good carries early on but then completely outplayed by Semi Radradra. 4

11 Jonny May: Scored a nice try and chased well in the first half but then made some catastrophic errors. 3

10 George Ford: Started off well enough but, like England, gradually lost his way as the game went on. 5

9 Alex Mitchell: Provided some spark from the base and garnered some quick ball, especially early on, but some errors as well. 6

Pack fail to find gain line dominance

8 Ben Earl: Moved to eight in the absence of Billy Vunipola but completely ineffective. 3

7 Jack Willis: No impact at the breakdown at all. 3

6 Courtney Lawes (c): A great first half but not quite the same influence in the second period. Still one of their better players. 6

5 Ollie Chessum: Pretty anonymous. None of the barnstorming carries we saw in the Six Nations. 2

4 Maro Itoje: Just not the Maro of old, and you wonder whether he will get back to that level again. 4

3 Dan Cole: Can’t get around the field effectively enough. Set-piece is pretty strong but often exposed in the loose. 2

2 Theo Dan: Some good carries, lineout was generally solid but also plenty of mistakes in the loose. 3

1 Ellis Genge: The odd carry while the scrum was on top before he was replaced after 50 minutes. 4

Replacements: Marcus Smith scored a nice try but there was a bad error from Harlequins team-mate Danny Care hurt England, while the other players added little. 3

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