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England player ratings: Youngs shines, Lawes steps up, Itoje a menace


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ngland kicked off their Autumn Nations Series with a comfortable win over Tonga.

Simon Collings was at Twickenham to see Eddie Jones’ side in action…

Lively in the loose and did well in the scrum too. Made a few dangerous breaks and looks to becoming a leader in this side.

Wasn’t in the squad at the start of the autumn but did well today. Scored two tries and setup Ben Youngs for one too.

Was quite quiet in the loose but did a good job at the set-piece. A solid afternoon’s work from the prop.

As usual he was a menace at the breakdown and in defence. Solid in the line-out and capped off a good performance with a try too.

A quiet afternoon for the Exeter man. Went about his business in a tidy fashion and didn’t make many errors.

A captain’s performance from the flanker, who was leading the side in the absence of Owen Farrell. His hands were excellent all afternoon and made an amazing tackle to stop Telusa Veainu scoring.

A decent performance, even if he was outshone by Lawes next to him. Tackled everything and worked hard at the breakdown, but taken off at half-time.

A pretty solid game from him playing at No8. Didn’t really have many breaks to speak of until later in the game. Defensively solid and played flanker in the second-half.


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