England player ratings vs Japan: 2023 Rugby World Cup - Ruck

England player ratings vs Japan: 2023 Rugby World Cup

We take a look at the England player ratings vs Japan from their Rugby World Cup las in Nice on Sunday night. 

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England are top of Pool D after beating Japan 34-12 at Stade de Nice on Sunday.

The teams went into the break with England 13-9 ahead courtesy of Lewis Ludlam’s early score and the boot of Mastercard Player of the Match George Ford.

Japan fly-half Rikiya Matsuda added his fourth penalty soon after half-time to make it a one-point game, but Courtney Lawes hit back with England’s second try after the ball took a fortunate bounce off the head of prop Joe Marler.

Freddie Steward then got on the end of Ford’s precise cross-field kick to score in the corner, before Joe Marchant dived over for the bonus-point try in the final play as England made it two wins from two at Rugby World Cup 2023.

Scroll down for the England player ratings vs Japan.



  • Tries: Lewis Ludlam (24′), Courtney Lawes (56′), Freddie Steward (66′), Joe Marchant (81′)
  • Cons: George Ford (26′, 56′, 67, 80”)
  • Pens: George Ford (4′, 42′)

Japan: 12

  • Tries:
  • Cons:
  • Pens: Rikiya Matsuda (15′, 23′, 32′, 54′)


Most point: George Ford – 12

Metres: Freddie Steward – 76

Defenders beaten: Ben Earl – 3

Tackles: Ben Earl – 11

Offloads: George Ford – 1

Tackles missed: George Ford – 2

Turnovers won: Ben Youngs – 2

via World Rugby

England player ratings vs Japan:

1 Joe Marler: Highly disruptive in the breakdown and a dominant force in the scrum. An exceptional performance highlighted by a clever assist late on. 8/10

2 Jamie George: A remarkable display by the Saracens hooker, standing out as one of the truly world-class players on the England team 8/10

3 Kyle Sinckler: Played like a player just coming back from injury. England will need more from him moving forward. 6/10

4 Maro Itoje: An inconsistent showing, yet always remained engaged in the thick of the action.7/10

5 Ollie Chessum: Worked relentless at the coal face for England, carrying strongly and tackling well. 8/10

6 Courtney Lawes (c): Reliably puts in the effort, and demonstrated remarkable composure to convert a goal from Joe Marler’s inventive header assist. 7/10