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Six Nations: Ranking England’s Championship-Winning Stars

Having had a tournament to remember, including achieving a Grand Slam for the first time since 2003, we take a look back at just how well each member of this championship-winning England squad performed. 

Here each player is rated from 1-10.

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Props

Joe Marler: 6

His battle for the loosehead prop position with Vunipola will prove fascinating. Two quality players in one position is never a bad thing.

during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on March 17, 2016 in Bagshot, England.

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Mako Vunipola: 6

He never really grabbed his chance when given the starting jersey, but still impressed.

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Dan Cole: 8

Cole proved this writer wrong. He was fantastic throughout the tournament, he’s back to his best and scored a try to cap off a stellar campaign.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 19: Dan Cole of England drives to the line to score his team's second try during the RBS Six Nations match between France and England at Stade de France on March 19, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images)

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Paul Hill: 5

Hill’s an exciting prospect but never came close to starting over Cole.

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Hookers

Dylan Hartley: 7

Hartley is an excellent leader and proved all his critics wrong. He will find it hard to keep out the challenge of Jamie George for much longer.

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Jamie George: 6

He was very positive when given his small chances. England’s most complete hooker.

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Jamie George looks on during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on February 25, 2016 in Bagshot, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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Luke Cowan-Dickie: 5

He never had chance to shine but did the job when required.

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Second Row

George Kruis: 9

Kruis was the second best player of the tournament. He developed into a world-class line out commander and his work in the loose is second to none.

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Maro Itoje: 9

The discovery of the tournament. If he plays like this when he is 21, it is terrifying to imagine what he will become.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: England player Maro Itoje races past Alex Cuthbert of Wales to set up the first England try during the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Joe Launchbury: 5

Rightly overtaken by Itoje in the pecking order and may find it difficult to earn back his place.

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Courtney Lawes: 5

Impressed off the bench against Scotland but was rightly replaced by Itoje.

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Back Row

Chris Robshaw: 8

Robshaw’s tournament is a great tale of redemption. He was fantastic without standing out like a true no. 6 should.

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James Haskell: 8.5

This was the best he has ever been for his country. Haskell was monumental in defence and has developed into an important leader in the side.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 19: James Haskell of England is tackled by Alexandre Flanquart of France during the RBS Six Nations match between France and England at Stade de France on March 19, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images)

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Jack Clifford: 5.5

Exciting off the bench but it was only ever in a supporting role.

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Billy Vunipola: 9

Simply sublime throughout. This writer’s player of the tournament. Can now be considered a world-class number 8.

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Scrum Halves

Danny Care: 7

Care scored a world-class try and should have been given more of a chance. This writer’s preferred choice at 9.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 19: Danny Care of England dives over to score the opening try during the RBS Six Nations match between France and England at Stade de France on March 19, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images)

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Ben Youngs: 6

Youngs made some stupid decisions and was too slow at the breakdown but showed class for Anthony Watson’s score.

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Fly Halves

George Ford: 5

Ford made too many errors and does not contribute much to the team. He was carried by Owen Farrell throughout this tournament.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: George Ford of England celebrates his team's victory as the final whistle blows during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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Centres

Owen Farrell: 7.5

Simply brilliant. Produced when he was needed and will be the general of an exciting England team for many years to come.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 19:  Owen Farrell of England prepares to kick a penalty during the RBS Six Nations match between France and England at Stade de France on March 19, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Jonathan Joseph: 6

Showed glimpses of class including a hat-trick against Italy but was not given enough space to show what he is capable of.

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Manu Tuilagi: 5

Made just 0ne 15-minute cameo which produced a championship-winning tackle on George North.

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Elliott Daly: 5.5

He had no real chance to shine, but had a good defensive display against Ireland.

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Back Three

Jack Nowell: 6.5

Nowell was workmanlike and solid. He was good in defence and compliments Watson’s attacking threat well.

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Anthony Watson: 7

Watson’s developing into a world-class finisher. Always dangerous.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: : Anthony Watson of England scores his team's opening try during the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Mike Brown: 5.5

Brown did some good work but poor decision-making could have cost England.

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