England Autumn squad ratings


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Alex Goode: The brains in the back division. Bold, creative, secure under the high ball and sound with the boot. 7.5/10


Chris Ashton: Out of form, although his freewheeling try against the All Blacks should restore some confidence. Work to do. 4.5

Mike Brown: Is he really a wing of Test calibre? Probably not, but his commitment to the cause is beyond question. 5.5

Charlie Sharples: A little unlucky to be ditched after the Australia defeat. England could still find a use for his finishing prowess. 5

Ugo Monye: Had one chance to resurrect his Test career, but let the Fiji game pass him by. Thanks, and farewell. 4


Manu Tuilagi: Is he an outside centre, an inside centre, a wing, a bird, a plane? Whatever he is, he threatens. 7.5

Brad Barritt: As good a defensive organiser as we've seen in England for many a long year. Limited, but utterly reliable. 6

Owen Farrell: Fire in the belly, ice in the veins. The "big-game" temperament really kicked in against New Zealand. 7.5

Toby Flood: The All Blacks match was a bad one to miss. Sound enough for the most part, but now under pressure. 5.5

Freddie Burns: Difficult to judge on the basis of one 17-minute blast, but the phrase "duck to water" springs to mind. 6.5

Jonathan Joseph: A talent, but no opportunity to impress. N/A


Ben Youngs: Still in and out with his form, but the best all-round No 9 available. Just about ahead of the competition. 6

Danny Care: Predictable in his unpredictability, if that makes sense. Must broaden his skill base if he is to overhaul Youngs. 5.5


Alex Corbisiero: England's authority grew the moment he returned to the pack. A modern prop, right down to his gluten-free diet. 8

Dan Cole: The best in the world without a doubt, although he had his issues against the Wallabies. Superb in the loose. 7.5

Joe Marler: The Mohican-haired hard nut will come again, but the series was traumatic for him. A work in progress. 4.5

Mako Vunipola: Talk about a learning curve. The newcomer had good moments and bad but will be infinitely better for the experience. 5

David Wilson: Barely a show. N/A


Tom Youngs: Line-out disciplines continue to flummox him, but as good as most around the field. Realistic alternative to Dylan Hartley. 6.5

David Paice: Will he still be in place when Hartley returns from injury? Maybe, maybe not. England were grateful for him, though. 6


Joe Launchbury: Now we're cooking on gas. The youngster from Wasps did just about everything right at the first time of asking. 8

Geoff Parling: Highly influential. Played injured for much of the series, but nobody noticed. England needed him, and he delivered. 8

Tom Palmer: Like Flood, he may pay heavily for being crocked at the wrong moment. Sliding slowly towards the past tense. 5

Mouritz Botha: Little seen, apart from one bad error against the Springboks. N/A

Courtney Lawes: Ditto, apart from the error bit. N/A


Chris Robshaw: From zero to hero in the space of a week. Repeatedly defies his persecutors with performances of great resilience. 7.5

Tom Wood: Back to his implacable best against the All Blacks. Confident, vocal, ruthless – very much a go-to man. 8

James Haskell: A heavyweight presence on the bench, tailor-made for England's swarming physicality at the back end of matches. 5.5

Tom Johnson: Jettisoned after the Wallaby defeat but still in the coaches' thoughts. Vulnerable to the impending return of Tom Croft. 4.5

No 8s

Ben Morgan: The long-term No 8 needed a short-term boost and found it with a strong display against the Springboks. 7

Thomas Waldrom: The last thing he needed after costly errors against Australia was for Morgan to make an impact. Sadly… 4.5