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Ben Earl played a very different position against Japan, it didn’t go well

#2. Bevan Rodd

Rugby Pass 6/10: “Troubled start included penalty concessions at the scrum and in the tackle, but he became more precise with his involvements when England asserted control. Exited on 44 minutes feeling good that his tackle count was healthy, and he wasn’t shy of trying things as he was the player who tapped quickly in the play for the Feyi-Waboso try.”

Planet Rugby 5/10: ” Hugely unlucky to be pinged for the first scrum, Rodd offers so much around the pitch and was one of England’s key close-quarter operators in both carry and tackle. His set piece work isn’t his superpower but it’s improving and he held on well.”

RUCK 6/10: “Back in the squad for his first start since the Rugby World Cup win against Chile. Looked up to scratch following his Six Nations injury layoff. Made some short, sharp carries to grind out the hard yards over the gain-line. Received some medical attention after a battering collision just before the half time break. Off for Joe Marler at 43rd minute.”

Replacement: Joe Marler, with fin Baxter on the bench

#3. George Furbank

Planet Rugby 5/10: “Never quite got the chance to get into the line as the extra man, although he might point out he had a run-in for a try when Marcus Smith opted for Feyi-Waboso instead. Was solid without shining and did a decent job at 10 when England lost Smith to a yellow card.”

Replacement: Freddie Steward