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FALL REPORT FROM NIK SIMON: Freddie Steward is top of the class after groundbreaking performances

FALL REPORT FROM NIK SIMON: Freddie Steward is top of the class after groundbreaking performances

  • England had a good autumn, winning all their international matches
  • They beat Tonga, Australia and South Africa in the space of three weeks
  • Nik Simon from Sportsmail rates the performance of each team member







England ended a strong autumn with a thrilling victory over South Africa on Saturday.

Eddie Jones’s men won all three of their international matches this month, before beating Tonga and Australia.

Nik Simon values ​​the performances of each member of the squad …


Jamie Blamire A

The hooker scoring attempts enhanced his reputation against the Bomb Squad. He needs to nail the starting shirt in Newcastle.

Trevor Davison B

The chances were few, but he showed his versatility by switching from hard-headed to loose-headed.

Nic Dolly C

A notable increase from Coventry, but the Springboks cameo did not go as planned with two lost lineouts.

Ellis Genge B

Top of the loose heads hierarchy. Frustrated at missing two games with Covid.

Joe Marler B

The strongest scrummager seems to have settled for a role from the bench.

Kyle Sinckler B-

Few true challengers for your number 3 jersey. You need to eliminate indiscipline.

Will Stuart C

The most notable moment was a yellow card against the Boks.

Jamie George B

He played like a man with a point to prove and showed that he deserves a place in the squad.

Bevan Rodd B +

Drafted as a cover and showed no fear against Australia and South Africa.


Charlie Ewels C

However, it must have a real impact and will face competition from Joe Launchbury.

Jonny Hill B

He has grown to prominence since the Lions tour and brings raw strength to an arm fight.

Maro Itoje B

Set the power levels on the pack, but the backs stole the spotlight.


Tom Curry B

He puts his head above the ball, but his best games have come on the flank instead of number 8.

Alex Dombrandt B

Eddie Jones seems unconvinced of his credentials, but he showed glimpses of his silky handling.

Courtney Lawes A

He took the game to another level with good downloads and captained the team with distinction.

Sam Simmonds B +

The raw speed has offered a point of difference, with key interventions in attack and defense.

Sam Underhill C

He ran away from tackles and faces long-term competition from Jack Willis.


Alex Mitchell B

He helped turn the screw on his substitute cameo against Tonga with a late try.

Raffi Quirke A-

He cut from a cloth similar to Danny Care and showed his speed to score against Boks.

Ben Youngs B-

Solid option, but some kicks lacked precision and Quirke looks like the long-term successor.

Marcus Smith A

The new poster is so confident on the test level and now you need to find the best combinations.

George Furbank B

The versatility to cover the number 10 is an advantage, but he seems destined to become a utility player.


Mark Atkinson B-

The seasoned midfield head will be frustrated by his lack of playing time.

Manu Tuilagi B +

England are at their best when Tuilagi is at full power, but they can’t trust him to be injury free.

Owen Farrell B-

He missed two of the three events and England flourished in his absence, so doubts remain.

Henry Slade A

Classy midfield trader and his association with Smith shows signs of promise.


Jonny May B-

He seemed vulnerable on defense against the Boks and had limited impact against Australia.

Freddie Steward A +

The revolutionary star. So confident under the high ball to finally solve the problems of the wings.

Max Malins A

He offers silky skills like Elliot Daly, but he also showed defensive guts when pushed.

Adam Radwan B +

The bad luck of not having more chances after his electrifying races against Tonga.

Joe Marchant B +

He links up brilliantly with Smith and has the energy to appear across the field.