"0/10" - Five England players who flopped and who should replace them for All Blacks clash - Ruck

“0/10” – Five England players who flopped and who should replace them for All Blacks clash

Marcus Smith has significantly strengthened his claim to England’s coveted number 10 jersey ahead of their upcoming series against New Zealand.

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The Harlequins fly-half was instrumental in England’s dominant victory over Japan, racking up 13 points and dazzling with a slick try from a well-rehearsed set-play.

England kicked off their summer tour with a confident display, outplaying Eddie Jones’ side in the sweltering Tokyo heat. While Smith’s performance was a clear highlight, the match wasn’t without its disappointments.

Below, we spotlight five players who struggled to make an impact in the challenging conditions.

#1. Charlie Ewels

RUCK 5/10: “On at the 65 minute mark, yet was immediately under his own posts as Japan crossed for their first try. Solid work at the set-piece, as despite leaking a couple of tries England kept their strength in attack. Dangerous clear out on Michael Leitch at 72 minutes, as he dove at the captain’s legs. Shown a yellow card (and off-field review) as England finished the match with 14 men. The off-field review upgraded the offence to a red card for the Bath man, no mitigation and a high degree of danger.”

Express 2/10: “The forward came off the bench for England in the 66th minute and was sent off just eight minutes later for dangerous play, taking out Michael Leitch.”

Rugby Pass 0/10: ” it was a nightmare for England’s fifth forward replacement as Ewels (0), a 66th-minute sub for Freeman, was yellow carded seven minutes later for a dangerous clear-out on Michael Leitch.”

Replacement: Alex Coles