Ireland player ratings vs England: 2024 Six Nations - Ruck

Ireland player ratings vs England: 2024 Six Nations

Despite going into this fourth round Six Nations match as favourites, Ireland were undone in the final moments for a 23-22 defeat to England. Fly half Marcus Smith had the final say on the day, as he slotted the match winning drop goal for a dramatic win against Andy Farrell’s men.

Here are RUCK’s Player Ratings for the Ireland players, in their defeat to England at Twickenham

15. Hugo Keenan 7

Threatened England with his dangerous line breaks, yet came unstuck in defence at times. The fullback impressed with ball in hand. 64th minute he knocked the ball on from Crowley’s bullet pass, in a golden opportunity to break the line. Danced his way to the try-line at 65 minutes, but had his score ruled out due to an earlier knock-on from Gibson-Park. Penalised for a neck roll on Ben Earl 67’ as England erupt into celebration. 

14 . Calvin Nash N/A

Off early after getting flattened by Tommy Freeman and put his head on the wrong side of the tackle. Unfortunately the wing failed his HIA and did not return.

13. Robbie Henshaw 7

Solid defensive effort, as he put in hit after hit on the England ball carriers. Outshone by Aki in attack, but interlined well with his centre partner to stretch the English back-line. Wins a solid turnover against Feyi-Waboso, as the wing was straight off his feet at the breakdown. 

12. Bundee Aki 7

Didn’t roll away in the tackle on 15th minute Manny Feyi-Waboso, which gave away a penalty for George Ford to strike. Nullified by the likes of Underhill, Martin and Chessum in the early goings. Offside at the ruck again 28’, as England played the advantage. Turned his favour at the ruck by stealing the ball at 34’ over Ollie Chessum well, and made some monstrous carries up the park.

11. James Lowe 8

Explosive first involvement along the left wing, and was very dangerous throughout. Sent a brilliant kick down into the England half at 37 minutes, as Furbank was unable to keep the ball in play, brilliant from the boot when exploiting danger. Great finish to score Ireland’s first try of the game, as he muscled his way in for a dramatic dive in the corner. Similar finish for his second try as he powered over Marcus Smith from close range.