England & # 39; s Six Nations PLAYER REVIEWS: Maro Itoje and George Ford have sparkled, but Owen Farrell's standards have disappeared since Japan
- England continued to release their Six Nations while defeating Wales 33-30 Saturday
- They were bounced back of the opening defeat to France with three victories
The Eddie Jones team fully earned their victory when they sealed the Triple Crown
Against Nik Simon for the Daily Mail
Here, Nik Simon from Sportsmail assesses the performance of Jones & # 39; England players.
Joe Marler – 7.5
Age: 29. Caps: 71
So effective at the scrum and can be a remain the weapon of the setpiece.
Mako Vunipola – 6
Age: 29. Caps: 59
Underwhelming. Deported for a trip to Paris before he was placed in self-insulation.
Jamie George – 7
Age: 29. Caps: 49
Didn't show any ball game skills that made him one of the best attacking whores.
Ellis Genge – 8
Age: 25. Caps: 18
Growing up with high-intensity cameos. Must prove that he is more than an impact sub.
Luke Cowan-Dickle – 7
Age: 26. Caps: 24
Push for start No. 2 jersey. Powerful versions from the bank.
Kyle Sinckler – 7.5
Age: 26. Caps: 35
One of the first names on the team magazine.
Will Stuart – 6
Age: 23. Caps: 3
Solid but not spectacular. Adds depth to a tight head.
Maro Itoje – 8
Age: 25. Caps: 38
Prove to be the most dynamic lock in the world.
Charlie Ewels – 6
Age: 24. Caps: 15
Versatile. Filled in with flanker. Has not shown X factor to push for starting place.
Courtney Lawes – 7
Age: 31. Caps: 85
One of the oldest figures, but has not lost its explosive power.
George Cross – 7
Age: 30. Caps: 45
Lineout expertise will be missed if he goes to Japan.
Joe Launchbury – 6.5
Age: 28 Caps: 65
The master maul disruptor. One of Eddie Jones & # 39; go-to figures on the & # 39; bomb squad & # 39; bank.
Tom Curry – 7
Age: 21. Caps: 23
Remarkable performer at World Cup but struggled to reach the same heights at No. 8
Lewis Ludlam – 6
Age: 24 Caps: 8
High energy but slipped off the pecking order.
Sam Underhill – 7.5
Age: 23. Caps: 19
Consistent presence during tackle and breakdown.
Mark Wilson – 6.5
Appeared only once after an injury but seized his chance.
Ben Earl – 6.5
Age: 22. Caps: 3
Has attacking skills of a winger and deserves a shot in a starting jersey.
George Ford – 8
Age: 26. Caps: 69
A growing force. Cool head and impressive play behind a dominant scrum.
Ben Youngs – 7
Age: 30. Caps: 99
It seemed that his days were numbered, but during the tournament improved.
Willi Heinz – 5
Age: 33 Caps: 13
Time for a new No. 9 to leave. The chance that he will make the next World Cup is small.
Henry Slade – 6.5
Age: 26. Caps: 29
Limited to ending the role of bank but skillfully showing its versatility.
Manu Tuilagi – 7
Age: 28 Caps: 43
Injected force in an attack in the absence of the Vunipola brothers, but still vulnerable.
Owen Farrell – 6
Standards have disappeared since Japan. Handling errors and tendency to moan with refs.
Jonathan Joseph – 6.5
Age: 28 Caps: 50
Muted critics with impressive cameo on wing but have shown no consistency.
Ollie Devoto – 5
Age: 26 Caps: 2
A marginal figure with only four minutes from the bank against France.
George Furbank – 5
Age: 23. Caps: 2
Started by opening two rounds but could not transfer the club form to the test phase.
Elliot Daly – 7
Age: 27. Caps: 43
Improved under high ball, had moments of brilliance.
Anthony Watson – 7
Age: 26. Caps: 43
Burst back with a powerful and athletic return of an injury to Wales.
Jonny May – 7.5
Age: 29. Caps: 56
Thrives under a kick-chase attack. Frustrated that I didn't score in France anymore.
& # 39; We discussed what could happen and the plan of what we would do & # 39 ;: George Ford insists that England can handle wind-up tactics from Wales … because Alun Wyn Jones denies that he picked up Kyle Sinckler last year
England is very alert to the Welsh threat liquidation tactics in Twickenham, a year after Kyle Sinckler was systematically targeted by Cardiff .
When the last installation of the fierce cross-border rivalry took place on Saturday evening, the hosts will heed the lessons of the meeting of Six Nations in 2019, which they subsequently lost 21-13. .
Wales Captain Alun Wyn Jones and his teammates fought Sinckler at Principality Stadium and the English prop was replaced shortly after losing his calm despite extreme provocation.
George Ford said the Eddie Jones team is on standby for similar antics on Sa turday. The fly-half from England said: & # 39; We have definitely had a few discussions. You don't want to make too much of it, but you have to anticipate and be aware of it so that it doesn't come as a shock.
& # 39; We discussed what could happen and the plan of what we would do to care for individuals and the team.
& # 39; You don't want to go to a game without talking about it as a team and then you think, "Jesus, what's going on here" and then before you know it, the momentum has shifted and you are in such a kind of game again. & # 39;
Since his difficult experience in Cardiff, Sinckler has made great strides in overcoming his fleeting streak and Lions' tighthead has been widely praised as a world-class asset. Ford recognized his personal development, but also the way the team has recognized the need for collective responsibility if someone is the target.
& # 39; Kyle thought about that game from an individual point of view and learned a lot from & # 39 ;, he said. "He had a few things going on in that game, but it's how the team can help individuals."
Asked about allegations of shutting down Sinckler last year, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones replied: & have I? I was not aware of that. It's just a game.
& # 39; I do not think that unnecessary efforts have been made. It is England versus Wales, so there is always a hype. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Public Health England has criticized the RFU for excluding Mako Vunipola from training on coronavirus fears after the prop returned from Tonga via Hong Kong. PHE said the precautions were not needed because he did not show any symptoms.
As revealed by Sportsmail on Wednesday, the clash of the national team with Italy in Rome on March 14 was postponed following an intervention by the Italian government as part of their attempts to Massive outbreak of the virus in the country.
Champion officials confirmed yesterday that the game was postponed, with the intention of rescheduling it – and the postponed game between Ireland and Italy – to later in the year.
After he had named his side to Wales in Twickenham, head coach Eddie Jones tried to emphasize that it was normal for his team. Despite their determination to stay focused, they are aware of the news that the agenda dominates outside their camp.
Ford, the half of England, said: & # 39; There are rugby games and then other things go a little more important in the world.
& # 39; For us it is about concentrating on the Saturday game. We will be told what is right to do both inside and outside the camp, because it is clearly something that needs to be addressed.
"There are important things other than Wales. You always talk about family. Things always happen in your life. When we were in Japan, there was the typhoon.
& # 39; There are bigger things than rugby and sport that are more critical than we playing a rugby game this weekend. But this needs to be addressed and we will do what is right. & # 39;
England is holding its attention on a dangerous side of Wales for Saturday's game, but Ford added: & # 39; Of course we are aware of what is going on. There are many things that we have no control over, so we can't do much about it.
& # 39; We'll handle Saturday and whatever happens, we'll find out.
& # 39; I am pretty sure that the people who make the decisions and the coaches will plan here. As a player, we can't do much about anything anyway, except making sure we're ready for Saturday.
& # 39; It has been a very normal week to be honest. We went to dinner together last night. In terms of hygiene, not much has changed, because we want to be pretty red hot anyway.
& # 39; These are just memories of keeping good habits in the camp. & # 39;
Owen Farrell, the captain of England, hesitated to start a discussion about something that went beyond the meeting with Wales and said: & # 39; Something is going on everywhere, so I keep it watching the news, but I find it strange to talk about things like that when this game is on Saturday.
& # 39; There are other people who are much smarter than we who make decisions about things like that. & # 39;
A statement from the Six Nations organizers confirmed the postponement of the three games between Italy and England – seniors gentlemen, ladies and under 20 years of age – and referred to an intention to & # 39; all 15 games in complete all three championships when time permits & # 39 ;.
As it is now, all other Six National matches are scheduled to continue as planned – including the France-Ireland match in Paris on March 14, when the hosts may be aiming for a Grand Slam. In response, RFU CEO Bill Sweeney said: & # 39; RFU CEO Bill Sweeney: We understand the decision to postpone all three England matches against Italy, taken in the interest of general public health. We know this will be disappointing for all fans who were scheduled to travel next weekend and we will give you more information if possible. & # 39;
England Rugby Travel, the official travel agency of the union, confirmed after the announcement that all fans would receive full refunds for match tickets and travel packages to Rome – or the option to switch them to the planned ones date, when it is completed.
The RFU urged everyone who had been informed by medical experts last night to isolate themselves not to attend tomorrow's game.
Special arrangements will be made in Twickenham, with hand disinfectants and posters for personal hygiene around the stadium.
Medical personnel will be available to assist spectators and other race day personnel in giving directions about coronavirus symptoms and preventative measures.
George Ford accidentally slaps a cheering fan in the face as he kicks the ball in after England & # 39; s Six Nations defeat of Ireland in Twickenham … and then drives off in celebration!
England defeated Ireland with their physical approach on Sunday but it wasn't just the visitors who left Twickenham with some bruises to show it.
Attempts by George Ford, Elliot Daly and Luke Cowan-Dickie pushed England to victory in what was their first home-grown match since before last year Rugby World Cup .
Ford & # 39; s attempt gave England a 5-0 lead in the first half and his celebrations would accidentally have an older fan a bit drowsy made.
After touchi shot to score, at the expense of the error of the Irish captain Johnny Sexton, Ford shot the ball into the stands.
However, the fly-half & # 39; s point hit the jubilant supporter in the face instead.
The unfortunate and accidental incident did not dampen his mind while he kept cheering – he gave the players two thumbs before checking his mouth.
A fan on Twitter went to the social media platform to gain insight into the situation. & # 39; George Ford celebrates # rugbyenergy & # 39 ;, wrote @ tgjackson93 after nailing the old guy in the red jacket.
England rose to second place in the Guinness Six Nations table after Sunday's result. Speaking after the game, Jones claimed that his match was so dominant in their victory that they could have explained during the break.
It was a display that had shades of the Rugby World Cup knockout wins against Australia and New Zealand as last fall and Jones warned Wales and Italy that his team had extra gears for the final two rounds.
& # 39; We played with a lot of control. We read the circumstances well, the referee read well, and at half-time, if it was a cricket game, we could have explained, & Jones said.
& # 39; We are building. I was wrong with the preparation of the French game and apologized for that.
& # 39; There is much more to come. We played hard in the first 40 minutes, probably our foot picked up a bit in the second half, but Ireland always intended to get a ball. & # 39;
George Ford insists that Ireland's 2018 Six Nations victory in Twickenham will fire England before crunch clash
- England has beaten Ireland in the last two games, but 2018 does George Ford still in pain
- Ford says that from 2018 England will dive into a few things before Ireland collision
- The fly-half says that Ireland will be difficult to break down and bring line speed
England will get the feeling to see Ireland win Six Nations Grand Slam in Twickenham two years ago and use it this week according to George Ford.
Despite the lashing of the Irish 32-20 and 57-15 in the most recent two tests between the sides, England were still stabbed by 2018.
Fly-half Ford said about the 24 -15 defeat that the Irish won the title in Twickenham under Joe Schmidt: & Yes, we remember.
We never like to lose competitions, especially here at home. We haven't talked about that yet. Maybe in Testweek we dive into a few things to get us emotionally well.
& # 39; Isn't it a balance? Do not want to look too far in the past, but if it is something that you can use to take yourself to a higher level, then you use it.
& # 39; We will see what the two or three critical things we need to do to ensure that we are ready for this game. & # 39; With Andy Farrell now, the head coach of Ireland Ford knows that England must undergo a rigorous investigation.
Ford has known Farrell, father of his best friend Owen, since he was a child and England worked great in the previous rugby competition.
& # 39; We understand the challenge that awaits us, & he said.
& # 39; They will be difficult to break down from an attacking point and will try to have line speed and something else to defend against us
& They are probably trying to develop their attack. They also have Mike Catt, who is clearly a very good coach.
& # 39; I experienced that with Catty who was here. He thinks about the game from a very offensive point of view. & # 39;
George Ford and Owen Farrell can bring England all the way to glory after brilliant victory against Ireland
- Eddie Jones now has his & # 39; Gun XV & # 39; found after an impressive victory over Ireland
- The most impressive artist was George Ford, along with Owen Farrell
- With the intelligence of Farrell in it England can be brought to a new level in the middle
Ford can take the pressure off Farrell for a very versatile English side
That was such a brilliant victory for England. Ireland was brought fully to the cleaners and Eddie Jones now has his & # 39; Gun XV & # 39; found it.
The most impressive version was by George Ford.
He and Owen Farrell were the basis of Eddie's early England era, when Ford dropped out, had a tough last season in Leicester but is now back in the groove. England can go all the way with him at 10 and Farrell at 12. They are really that good.
Farrell's intelligence and communication skills in the middle, where he acts as the brain of the team, takes England to a new level.
Ford also takes pressure off Farrell, and if Henry Slade or Jonathan Joseph can appear from the bank, England suddenly seems very versatile.
Another point about selection – I have never written too much about Joe Marler in the past, but I thought he was excellent on Saturday.
especially with the hamstrings wounds hanging over Mako Vunipola, he is now the starting prop with a loose head.
Eddie may have to make a heavy call on Vunipola soon. England is optimistic that he is doing well, but if there is any indication that he will not, then it is now time to move on without him.
I now have a list of three points for Eddie and England:
1. Kicking and catching
The bombs will rain on the World Cup England, but none of the three followers fills me with confidence in an air fight.
I would work overtime on high balls to reach a level where New Zealand and South Africa are. It's also about recognizing weak points – if a kick game doesn't work, hold the ball. George Cross & # 39; late yellow card for a high hit on Jack Carty was
crazy and could have been a red one
2. Cut out the cards
The late yellow card of George Cross, for a high hit on Jack Carty was crazy. It could have been a red and if that had been the first minute, the world championship would be over.
This is not just about giving away fines, it's about giving referees no excuse for showing you a card. England has players who may be vulnerable to disciplinary lapses.
It is so important that coaches drum this to the players. Every referee will be red hot about this very challenging stuff, and a lack of discipline can break the England tournament.
3. Back-page not front-page news
The whole team must look at the off-field things, their use of social media, having too much beer and how they behave
Total focus. After the World Cup you do what you want, but until that time you close the doors, you turn off the social media and you do nothing stupid.
Every newspaper searches for a story on the front page. The 2011 team could not keep themselves together and ruined their World Cup.
These are the three cracks in their armor that can and must be closed for the World Cup in the last weeks.
EXCLUSIVE – Revealed: England Rugby World Cup hero George Ford, 26, splits with business fashionista WAG – just seven months after the couple was engaged
- Ford, 26, and his fiancé Jessica Portman has used time for their relationship
- Jess, 24, and the Leicester Tigers flight half had been together for about five years
- Jess , who runs her own fashion brand, supported Ford at the World Cup in Japan
- But now she has left the couple's house in Market Harborough, Leics and returned to her place parents in Bath
- It comes after the couple got engaged in June when Ford raised the question
- A friend of the couple said: & # 39; it's a shame because they form a fantastic couple. & # 39;
England rugby star George Ford has turned split off from his beautiful, fiance fashion designer Jess Portman just seven months after his engagement, MailOnline can reveal. in Japan when England reached the World Cup Final.
Now the couple faces their own personal heartbreak h Jess, 24 who left the chic home they shared in Leicester with their beloved dog Bailee and returned to live with her parents in Bath.
A source told MailOnline: & # 39; It is very regrettable because they are a fantastic couple. Both are very private individuals and focus on processing what has happened. It is very sad. & # 39;
England and Leicester Tigers fly half George, 26 and Jess were only engaged in June and had plans to start a family as soon as possible.
Since splitting, Jess has spent part of her time in London overseeing her fashion company, Portman London UK, which specializes in boho-inspired designed clothing.
She regularly posts stunning photos of herself in the company's chic outfits to her 16,000 Instagram followers and became also a huge social media hit during last year's rugby world when she wrote her time in Japan.
Jess also posted pictures of herself during a recent trip to New York with friends, which was organized to help her overcome the end of the relationship.
George initially met Jess six years ago through mutual friends while she was studying fashion at the University of Manchester. most popular and glamorous Wags in the ruby camp of England.
The couple settled at home in Leicester three years ago after Jess graduated and George signed for Leicester Tigers.
In an interview last year, he revealed: & # 39; She ended up uni and I dropped the bomb that I moved to Leicester and wanted to come. She has been brilliant and nestled very well. & # 39;
George also told Jess that he had helped establish him as one of the leading ruby players in the English game.
& # 39; You must live a normal life at home and it is extremely important to do that well.
& # 39; It can be quite a week at the club and when you leave playing games it is nice to come home and relax in a good environment when you can switch off every night and have some ru bbish on TV. That kind of simple things are important, & he revealed.
Jess once described George as her best friend and revealed that she loved how tenacious he was to win her over, which helped them develop a deep bond.
A Ford spokesperson told MailOnline: & # 39; We can confirm that George's relationship with Jess is over. It ended friendly. They met when they were very young and things just went their way. There is no more drama here, neither of them is fun, but things came to an end.
& # 39; They broke up last month. Both started to think about their future after returning from the Rugby World Cup.
& # 39; George is doing well. Both he and Jess come from very supportive families. He has the rugby to focus on and she has her fashion business. They keep themselves busy and continue their lives. & # 39;
Leicester 31-18 Bristol: Tigers roar in the 2020s after trying George Ford, Ellis Genge and Jonny May give hosts excellent victory over Bristol
- Leicester Tigers defeated Bristol Bears on Welford Road on Saturday afternoon
- Tries from George Ford and Ellis Genge were enough to seal a comfortable victory
- It's the perfect start of the 2020s after what was a dodgy decade for the tigers |
Signed, sealed, delivered for Leicester – finally
The Tigers roared in the 2020s, freeing themselves from their dodgy decade of decline here thanks to two English stars who have recently re-committed themselves to the cause – George Ford and Ellis Genge.
The two started the revival, but it was one with an uncertain future, Jonny May, whose two are trying to breathe new life into Leicester lungs.Leicester Tigers swept Bristol Bears 31-18 aside for their 2020 to a flying startTries by George Ford, Ellis Genge and Jonny May (photo) gave the Tigers a nice victory
There was the now known stuttering in the twe The half of Leicester, while Bristol brought it back to three behind, but Tigers bared their teeth late on a crucial bonus-point victory seal.
On May Tigers director of rugby Geordan Murphy said: & is he the world class isn't he?
& # 39; Give him the ball in space and he is doing well. & # 39; England's winger has no contract in the summer and Murphy has been keeping a close eye on his future on Welford Road.
& # 39; From the start of the season, he seemed very keen to stay – it's about finding the balance right for both parties, & he added.
Bristol boss Pat Lam has ruined two yellow cards – for Jordan Lay and Alapati Leiua – and serious-looking knee and nose wounds to Charles Piutau with the full back.England flying half George Ford pulled the strings and was instrumental during the afternoon
"It doesn't look great for a few weeks now," Lam said about Piutau.
"The game ebbed and flowed, we came back and ruined it to the end." In the beginning of Genge and Ford led the attack and Leicester did not seem on the side that languishes at the bottom of the competition.
Genge started it. He put on a new pair of boots for this, after announcing a new two-year deal on New Year's Day, complete with a photo of Muhammad Ali and the quote & # 39; every tongue must confess & # 39; – a reference to a rule about the great hunter of his promoter Don King.
And Genge made his way across the line within four minutes, took a flat ball and stormed over in typical style. Bristol punished Callum Sheedy with two penalties to take them in after Ford's conversion, but then Genge showed the other side of his game.The Tigers want a dodgy decade behind them let and start again for the 2020s
A nimble pass to Ford set Tigers in motion in their own half, and via Kyle Eastmond and Telusa Veainu, May hurried away to score under the posts.
When Ford then penetrated beautifully to score himself shortly after Leicester was 21-6 before the break.
But nowadays, those on the Crumbie terrace are always wary of a crumble cake from their boys.
It came. Six minutes after the resumption, Bristol rolled a mullet over the Tigers line and Dan Thomas took the attempt. Then Sheedy caught the next kick, stepped past two hanging Leicester tacklers and brokeFor Sam Harrison, his trip ended on Saturday as he said goodbye to Tigers fans
With little coverage, he chopped to the right corner for downtown Piers O & Conor, who defeated Wing Jordan Olowofela and Ford overpowered to score. The bears were out of nowhere hunting, only three points back.
Ford calmed some nerves by kicking a penalty, but the last 20 minutes were still tense and difficult for the Tigers to negotiate.
That was until May for his second attempt – the pressure on Murphy and the Tigers who fight every week to prevent them from becoming an endangered species in the Premiership.
We look up & # 39 ;, concluded that Murphy.
& # 39; People think I am naive, but we are going to win more games this season. It is getting very tight. & # 39;
George Ford ready to extend stay in Leicester after the half-flying in England concludes a new two-year contract with Tigers
- Ford has agreed a new deal that will keep him in Leicester until the summer of 2022
- Premiership rivals Bristol had tried to lure the 26-year-old playmaker
- Leicester is also supposed to have established the conditions with the English prop Ellis Genge
George Ford has been agreed a new two-year contract with Leicester, with the England fly-half on Welford Road until the summer of 2022.
Bristol had tried to lure the 26-year-old, but Ford – who would have been contracted out to it end of this season – has chosen to stay with the Tigers, who are expected to announce the deal next week.
The detention of one of the country's leading players, who has already won 65 testcaps, is a coup for Leicester, who is supposed to have set the conditions for their young English prop Ellis Genge to come after this season to stay.Fly- half George Ford has agreed a new deal that will keep him in Leicester until the summer of 2022
But Ben Youngs and Jonny May also come to the end of their current deals, with persistent speculation that the Tigers can leave next summer.
Meanwhile, Wales leaves full-back Liam Williams Saracens at the end of this campaign to return to the Scarlets.
George Ford ready to commit to a new £ 600,000 deal with Leicester Tigers while England boost half-hands on struggling Premiership side
- England fly-half George Ford is ready to commit to a new Leicester Tigers deal
- The 26-year-old is without contract at the end of the season, but would like to stay
- A new contract could raise the salary of the English international to £ 600,000
While the talks are ongoing, both he and the struggling Premiership club are hoping for an agreement before the end of the year that could raise his salary to £ 600,000.
The English fly-half, 26, is one of a number of large Tigers without a contract at the end of the season, alongside world cup stars Jonny May, Ben Youngs, Dan Cole and Ellis Genge.George Ford is ready to vote for a new and improved contract to stay with Leicester TigersSportsmail has learned that a new deal for Ford could see its salary amounting to £ 600,000
Sportsmail understands signing again when everything dissolves hly and it is completed, Ford should see its annual income increase by £ 50,000.
Ford might have hoped to get parity with best friend and English captain Owen Farrell, who earns closer to £ 750,000, but waited until after the World Cup, his future seems likely to remain in Leicester.
As Sportsmail reported last week, Bristol was interested to see if Ford left the Tigers, but sources have indicated that he loves Leicester and
Ford & # 39; s signature would are of vital importance on Welford Road, so if he undertakes to help Leicester escape his current parochial position in the Premiership, this might give others confidence to also agree their deals.
May, Youngs, Cole and Genge also still have to settle their contracts – with some waiting for clarity in which direction the off-form club is going – and if not nailed by January 1 they can officially speak with other teams .
Ford made his Leicester debut in 2009, but moved to Bath – to be coached by his father Mike – in 2013, before returning to the Tigers two years ago. Mike Ford (53) now assists Leicester boss Geordan Murphy (41) as an attack coach. Leicester, the most decorated English club that won 10 Premiership titles and two European cups, finished 11th last season and avoided relegation with just 10 points.Ford & # 39 ; s international team mate Ellis Genge (center) is another Leicester player without a contract
They would play five at the bottom of the new campaign if Saracens had not lost 35 points due to their salary limits.
The Tigers were hammered 36-13 by East Midlands rivals Northampton Saints on Saturday and have only four points from five games so far in the league.
The club is also for sale for around £ 60 million and is looking for donors to take over
Meanwhile, the Scarlets region are reinforcing their interest in Wale. s and Lions full-back Liam Williams, who now looks certain that they will compete with Saracens in the summer.