England players standings: Henry Slade, Courtney Lawes and Marcus Smith lead 69-3 win over Tonga | Rugby Union News


There were plenty of standout displays from both starters and replacements as England kicked off their Fall Nations Series campaign with a comfortable win over Tonga at Twickenham on Saturday.

Last Updated: 11/06/21 6:49 pm

Henry Slade named man of the match in England's victory over Tonga

Henry Slade named man of the match in England’s victory over Tonga

We looked at how England’s players qualified when they opened their Fall Nations Series campaign with a 69-3 win over Tonga at Twickenham …

Freddie Steward: The Leicester Tigers man uses his great body to good effect and is hard to stop. Against Tonga, he was unbeatable in the air. 7/10

Adam Radwan: The Newcastle Falcons winger has only two caps in his international career and his attempt count is already four after opening the scoring for England in this match. Seventh

England crosses Tonga in Farrell’s absence

England shrugged off the Covid-imposed absence of captain Owen Farrell with a comfortable 69-3 win over Tonga.

Henry Slade: Named man of the match and played freely outside the center where he exposed the Tongan defense. Eighth

Manu Tuilagi: A first test outing since March 2020 and it was as if he had never been out, with a couple of particularly notable carries that put Tonga in the rear. Seventh

Jonny May: Two attempts raise his record to 35 in 67 games and only Rory Underwood, ahead of him on England’s all-time scorers list, can compare. Seventh

George Furbank: Although primarily deployed as a winger for the Northampton Saints club, he was asked to fill the void left by the absence of Owen Farrell at midfield and showed vision on attack. Seventh

Ben Young got two attempts for England

Ben Young got two attempts for England

Ben Youngs: Another member of England’s old guard, the scrum half with the most international appearances in the country, finished with two attempts. Seventh

Ellis Genge: The pillar showed its strength to sweep through Tonga’s defense and set up a try for Maro Itoje. Seventh

Jamie George: Initially omitted from the England fall squad and on a mission to prove Eddie Jones wrong, getting two tries in the process. Seventh

Kyle Sinckler: He conceded an early penalty in a scrum, but otherwise bristled with intent in a tough battle up front. Seventh

Marcus Smith had a huge impact on the replacement bench

Marcus Smith had a huge impact on the replacement bench

Maro Itoje: One of the icons of this generation of England gamers, the Saracen Man was a typically influential presence in England’s engine room and crossed over to give it a try. Seventh

Jonny Hill: A player looking to consolidate his place in the second row and this display will not have done him any harm. Seventh

Courtney Lawes: Named captain in Farrell’s absence, he must have pushed Slade to be man of the match. Lawes was everywhere, as evidenced by his entry to save attempts. Eighth

Sam Underhill: Replaced at halftime after getting hit to the head during an inning, but it was physical until then. Sixth

Tom Curry: It is not as ubiquitous as usual and its transition to number 8 is still a work in progress. Sixth

Replacements: Marcus Smith drew cheers from the crowd when he arrived from the bench and was an afternoon star as he ran on one try and set up two others. A superstar in the making. Alex Mitchell and Jamie Blamire also capped cameos with attempts. Eighth


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