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England 18-7 Ireland: Autumn Nations Cup player ratings from Twickenham

Maro Itoje outshone even Jonny May for England, but Rónan Kelleher and CJ Stander had days to forgetElliot Daly Will struggle to showcase his talents in a team instructed to kick so much. Ireland not really able to put pressure on him. 6/10 Continue re…

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England 40-0 Georgia: Autumn Nations Cup player ratings

Jamie George and Joe Launchbury gave standout displays as England cantered to victory at TwickenhamElliot Daly 7/10 Had plenty of ball and slipped the leash just before half-time to mark his return with a try. When he doesn’t play England miss his abil…

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England will be ‘10% better’ against Wales, says upbeat Eddie Jones

Jones: ‘We could have declared at half-time’Owen Farrell plays down victory over father, AndyEddie Jones said England were so dominant in keeping their Six Nations title hopes alive against Ireland that “we could have declared” at half-time but insiste…

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England will be ‘10% better’ against Wales, says upbeat Eddie Jones

Jones: ‘We could have declared at half-time’Owen Farrell plays down victory over father, AndyEddie Jones said England were so dominant in keeping their Six Nations title hopes alive against Ireland that “we could have declared” at half-time but insiste…

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Wayward Johnny Sexton at the heart of Ireland’s struggles

England players targeted the visiting captain, who endured a difficult day with hands and feet as his grand slam dream diedEddie Jones kept his counsel when asked about Johnny Sexton in the buildup to this match. He was offered the chance to repeat the…

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Billy Vunipola adamant England must improve away to contend for World Cup

• Eddie Jones’s team dominated Ireland in record win at Twickenham • George Kruis escapes upgrade of yellow card to redBilly Vunipola has warned that England must learn how to produce their Twickenham form away from home to be considered genuine World …

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Manu Tuilagi makes up for lost time to take centre stage against Ireland | Gerard Meagher

The Leicester man turns on the power at Twickenham with an outstanding display in the No 13 shirtIt may seem strange to single out one player after such an imperious England performance across the board but Manu Tuilagi is someone worth making an excep…

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Eddie Jones warns erratic use of red cards could ‘destroy’ World Cup

• England coach points to Bledisloe Cup sending-off• Jones also refers to two incidents involving Wales playersEddie Jones has warned that the forthcoming World Cup in Japan could be “destroyed” by inconsistent refereeing, in an unprovoked rant at Worl…

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England young guns Dombrandt and Smith shine in defeat of Barbarians

• England XV 51-43 Barbarians• Eddie Jones sees Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt impressWith a minute or two left of this hugely promising victory for the most callow of England sides Eddie Jones made his exit – no doubt with plenty to ponder. No one in…

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Bath’s Joe Cokanasiga injured while scoring try in defeat of Bristol

• Bath 26-19 Bristol• England wing’s try one of four that boost Bath’s play-off hopesJoe Cokanasiga endured a mixed return to Twickenham as Bath clinched a rare bonus-point victory over their West Country rivals Bristol. The 21-year-old hulking wing sc…

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Henry Slade dazzles but England’s kamikaze show will leave its mark | Gerard Meagher

Fears of a damp squib proved gloriously misplaced but such a dire collapse should worry Eddie Jones as Japan loomsDead rubbers have a funny way of coming to life. England were home and hosed by half-time, playing with a swagger that reinforced their fe…

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England 57-14 Italy: Six Nations player ratings from Twickenham

Joe Cokanasiga, who wreaked havoc right from the start and always posed an attacking threat, was England’s man of the match in their 43-point win over ItalyElliot Daly Came into the line time and again, adding another playmaking option with no Slade. I…

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Eddie Jones relishing prospect of England’s Six Nations game in Wales

• Head coach wants to show how much England have improved• Jones: ‘I have never found their stadium to be a fortress’Eddie Jones wasted no time lighting a fuse under England’s potential Six Nations grand-slam decider against Wales on Saturday week afte…

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England 44-8 France: Six Nations player ratings from Twickenham

Tom Curry was magnificent, bloodied but unbowed in the England back row, while Gaël Fickou was out of sorts and out of position on the France wingElliot Daly 8 Getting better at full-back, with the pace to spot gaps and go through them. Kicked well to …

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Elton Jantjies drop goal seals Barbarians thrilling comeback win over Argentina

• Barbarians 38-35 Argentina• Pumas led by 14 points at half-timeA bolt-on fixture to a bloated autumn produced a breathtaking finish as Elton Jantjies gave a timely reminder of just how valuable a late drop goal can be, completing a stunning comeback …

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Dismal Australia fail to answer Michael Cheika’s demand for swagger

Bad luck and glimmers of brilliance could not disguise another abject performance. It’s been a grim year for the WallabiesThese are grim times for Australia. Outfought and outthought at the fag-end of a trying season, their annus horribilis ended in di…

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Co-captain Owen Farrell helps navigate England through choppy waters | Gerard Meagher

When Farrell came off the bench against a dangerous Japan Eddie Jones’s side were given directionEddie Jones recently explained that Owen Farrell is not the kind of player to be wrapped in cotton wool. He may want to think again. If this victory, ultim…

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Guzzler Retallick makes up for All Blacks’ lack of razzle-dazzle

Brodie Retallick produced a colossal display as New Zealand ate into England’s early lead to win 16-15 at TwickenhamThey came to see Beaudy’s black magic – they left in awe of Brodie’s mastery of the dark arts. This will inevitably be remembered as the…

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Guzzler Retallick makes up for All Blacks’ lack of razzle-dazzle

Brodie Retallick produced a colossal display as New Zealand ate into England’s early lead to win 16-15 at TwickenhamThey came to see Beaudy’s black magic – they left in awe of Brodie’s mastery of the dark arts. This will inevitably be remembered as the…

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George Ford: England need more hunger in defence after ‘embarrassing’ loss

• ‘We’re massively disappointed,’ fly-half admits after 63-45 defeat• Eddie Jones boosted as Billy Vunipola is unscathed in Saracens winGeorge Ford has admitted England’s record-breaking defeat at the hands of the Barbarians was “embarrassing” and ques…