How England’s players rated in thrilling Six Nations win over France

Maro Itoje notched a late try to secure a hard-fought 23-20 victory for the hosts in a thrilling clash, with Anthony Watson – earning his 50th senior international cap – having earlier responded to Antoine Dupont’s early score.

Owen Farrell and Matthieu Jalibert were both unerringly accurate from the tee as England came out on top during a nailbiting finish to a superb contest that will live long in the memory.

Standard Sport’s rugby correspondent Will Macpherson was at Twickenham to run the rule over Eddie Jones’ triumphant side…

A promising first start. Was encouragingly adventurous in attack, kicked solidly, but – like Elliot Daly before him – has a tendency to be turned over. Worth persevering with.

Started his 50th cap by being done by the bounce of the ball for Dupont’s score, but finished a fine team try and made an excellent break. Is among England’s most consistent players.

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England are using him better in attack, but still not the influence on games that he could be. A very steady showing, though.

Perfect from the tee, calmer captaincy, and increasingly fizzing in attack. Lovely to watch him arc around, take the ball to the line and pass sharply. 11 tackles too, although was pinged for one high one.

Has a wonderful try-scoring record against France and did see a fair bit of the ball. But the standout elements of his play were under the high ball and one superb kick, which is not normally his forte.

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Was a little wasteful in the final quarter, but had kicked and passed well until then in an organised showing. Farrell is enjoying being outside him again.

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