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Player ratings: Fading fast

The defeat at Twickenham on Saturday has left World Cup hosts England with a mountain to climb.


With Australia up next, England may need other results to go their way if their are to emerge from the tournament's pool of death and advance to the play-offs.

Jan de Koning rates the England players!

15 Mike Brown:

Although he was not entirely flawless, his array of skills appear limitless – arguably the premier fullback in the world.


14 Anthony Watson:

Great pace and carrying the ball, but some poor passing and also conceded a crucial penalty.


13 Brad Barritt:

Solid on defence, but limited on attack.


12 Sam Burgess:

Enjoyed his duel with Jamie Roberts and managed a couple of big hits.



11 Jonny May:

Showed his finishing class and made all his tackles.


10 Owen Farrell:

Took command of the game and moved back to the top of England's flyhalf rankings. He'll play a crucial role in the rest of the tournament, as George Ford is well be low his standards.


9 Ben Youngs:

Was a constant menace with ball in hand and his sniping runs often got his team on the front foot. May have been a huge mistake to replace him so early in the second half.


8 Billy Vunipola:

Plenty of carries, always making metres, and also making a heap of tackles.



7 Chris Robshaw:

Pushed the envelope and got penalised at the breakdown on a couple of occasions.


6 Tom Wood:

Drifted in and out of the game, conceded a crucial turnover and a couple of penalties.


5 Courtney Lawes:

Collapsed an early maul and cost his team points. Did not improve much from there and was replaced at half-time. Appeared to have carried an injury.


4 Geoff Parling:

Some amazing cover defence, but needs to contribute more in other areas.


3 Dan Cole:

Very powerful in the early scrum and some decent work on defence.


2 Tom Youngs:

Conceded a silly early penalty and a few turnovers later in the match. Decent work on defence.


1 Joe Marler:

He may be strong in the scrums, but his poor workrate cost his team.



16 Rob Webber (on for T Youngs, 67th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

17 Mako Vunipola (on for Marler, 61st min):

Made no impact whatsoever.


18 Kieran Brookes (on for Cole, 72nd min):

Not enough time to be rated.

19 Joe Launchbury (on for Lawes, 41st min):

He had his moments, but also conceded turnovers and penalties.


20 James Haskell (on for B Vunipola, 63rd minute):

Another who added nothing to the game after he came on.


21 Richard Wigglesworth (on for B Youngs, 49th minute):

Probably the worst replacement made on the day.


22 George Ford (on for Burgess, 70th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

23 Alex Goode:

Not used.

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