After England’s impressive win over an experienced Barbarians outfit, we rate the entire 23 out of 10.
1. Ellis Genge 6
Got on top of Census Johnston on a few occasions at scrum time and offered some of his trademark barrelling runs in the loose. Will likely start against Argentina to earn his second cap.
2. Jack Singleton 4
At times the lineout failed to function properly and this caused England problems just when it seemed like they might build on the good work of George Ford’s boot. Singleton will make way for Hartley and Cowan-Dickie.
3. Will Collier 7
Provided an excellent platform for the pack at scrum time and really caused Nariashvilli problems. Collier has all but sewn up for the tighthead jersey and his debut cap.
4. Charlie Ewels 7
Was his usual solid self: throwing himself about at ruck time and providing some much needed go forward in attack.
5. Nick Isiekwe 7
A solid first England outing for the young Saracens lock and will likely get an opportunity from the bench in the two Tests over the next few weeks.
6. Chris Robshaw 7
As per usual the Harlequins blindside went about his work quietly and diligently; crucial in England’s defence and the workhorse this young team needed to get on top of a very experienced Barbarians outfit.
7. Sam Underhill 6
A real shame that the young Bath signing went off early on after so effectively slowing the ball down and earning turnovers for his team at the breakdown. Offered glimpses as to what he can offer the national team going forward.
8. Josh Beaumont 6
A clever and athletic player that has been unlucky to miss out on selection for the tour. May see a call-up after an effective outing today, but was in many ways outshone by Newcastle’s Mark Wilson.
9. Danny Care 6
Perhaps not always at his sharpest today (unlike his haircut), but is such a threat in attack that when gifted any opportunities he never fails to take them.
10. George Ford 7
Critics will point to his wayward placekicking, but his game management, kicking to the corners and awareness in attack were all excellent today, plus he didn’t look too shabby in the defensive department. This could be a big tour for him.
11. Jonny May 6
Never really got the chances he needed to use his unparalleled pace, but put himself about looking for work. Will start against the Pumas.
12. Alex Lozowski 5
Very unlucky to suffer an injury after making a promising start to his England career. Fans of the men in white will hope he is fit to take a likely replacements spot for Argentina.
13. Sam James 6
A determined outing from a consistent club player and could well see himself earn a first cap in South America.
14. Nathan Earle 7
Made the most of his chances with the ball in hand in the first half and was impressive in his defensive efforts too. Definitely one for the future.
15. Mike Brown 6
A good game all round for the hugely experienced fullback, not putting a foot wrong in defence and using his powerful boot effectively throughout the match. Nailed on for the first Test.
Bench: George McGuigan 4, Ross Harrison 4, Jamal Ford-Robinson 5, Tom Curry 8, Mark Wilson 7, Richard Wigglesworth 6, Mike Haley 7
A superb appearance from late call-up Tom Curry, and Newcastle Falcons’ Mark Wilson and Sale Sharks’ Mike Haley both proved Eddie Jones needs to spend a little more time up in the North with some sterling efforts!
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena
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