Mako Vunipola Ben Youngs and Anthony Watson impress in England’s final World Cup warm-up

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It was not a game that will go down in history for its quality, but England’s 37-0 win over Italy at St James’ Park served its purpose. 

The scoreline suggests the win was more comfortable than it was, yet Eddie Jones will be content to have seen his side manage the match well in an unfamiliar setting as he prepares them for the World Cup, which starts next week.

England flew to Newcastle from Italy on Thursday and hosted Conor O’Shea’s side far away from the comfort of Twickenham in a bid to replicate the challenges they will face at the tournament in Japan.

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After a subdued first half that saw England lead 9-0 thanks to three Owen Farrell penalties, they upped the tempo in the second half to seal the win with tries from Ben Youngs, Joe Marchant, Ellis Genge and Anthony Watson.

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A man-of-the-match performance from Youngs went some way to answering his critics after sub-par performances against Wales and Ireland. 

The scrum-half dictated play well, often searching for Jonny May with his box kicks, who was typically exceptional under the high ball in a combination that was England’s biggest attacking thre

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