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“0/10 & 10/10” – England player ratings vs Argentina: 2023 Rugby World Cup

We take a look at the England player ratings vs Argentina from their Rugby World Cup opener in Marseille on Saturday night.

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George Ford orchestrated England’s remarkable World Cup triumph against Argentina, amassing 27 crucial points, even as his team faced adversity with a reduced squad after just three minutes of play.

In an early twist, Tom Curry found himself red carded following a bunker review system assessment, due to a head-on collision with Juan Cruz Mallia occurring within the first two minutes

England’s fly-half, George Ford, demonstrated his prowess by landing three drop-goals, propelling his team to a commanding 12-3 lead at halftime.

As the match unfolded, England’s dominance persisted, and Ford’s impressive performance continued, as he contributed an additional 15 points, setting the stage for England’s promising start in Pool D.

In a late twist of fate, Rodrigo Bruni managed to secure a consolation try for Argentina, but it was too little, too late, as England celebrated their morale-boosting victory.

Scroll down to the England player ratings vs Argentina: 2023 Rugby World Cup.




  • Tries:
  • Cons:
  • Pens: George Ford (10′, 46′, 54′, 59′,66′,76′)
  • DGS: George Ford (27′, 31′, 37′)


  • Tries: Rodrigo Bruni (79′)
  • Cons: Emiliano Boffelli (80′)
  • Pens: Emiliano Boffelli (5′)


Most points – George Ford – 27

Metres: George Ford – 62

Defenders beaten: Courtney Lawes – 4

Tackles: Maro Itoje -14

Offloads: Alex Mitchell – 2

Tackles missed: Jamie George – 3

Turnovers won: Ben Earl – 2

via World Rugby

England player ratings vs Argentina:

15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 26 caps) – The full-back’s performance lacked any standout moments, but he remained consistently comfortable throughout the match. 7/10

14. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 73 caps) – He puts in an exceptional amount of effort and certainly chases kicks effectively, but at 33 years old, he appears to have passed his prime, despite still performing at a very high level. 6/10

13. Joe Marchant (Stade Francais, 19 caps) – He consistently demonstrated why he earned his spot on the squad over Henry Slade, fulfilling all the requirements his team demanded, including scrummaging after Curry’s red card. 8/10

12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 53 caps) Best game for England in years. – 8.5/10

11. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 59 caps) – Offered nothing in open play and was wayward with the boot. 5/10

10. George Ford – vice-captain (Sale Sharks, 85 caps) – An incredible performance, scoring all of England’s points. 9/10

9. Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)  Brought dynamism and pace to the England attack. It didn’t always pay off, but it showed the right sort of intent. 8.5/10

1. Ellis Genge – vice-captain (Bristol Bears, 52 caps) – Never really got into the thick of it, but scrummaged decently. 6/10