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England beat Australia and New Zealand in the knockout stages before losing the final to South Africa

England’s World Cup dreams came to an end in the final when they were comprehensively beaten 32-12 by South Africa in Yokohama on Saturday.

Before that, Eddie Jones’ side had impressive wins in the knockout stages against Australia and three-time winners New Zealand, as well as three victories in the pool stage.

Former England fly-half and BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Paul Grayson has rated each player’s performance in the final and contribution during the World Cup.

  • Where it went wrong for England – Dawson column
  • England have been beaten up – Grayson
  • I’m not sure why we lost final – Jones
  • ‘Kolisi and South Africa will inspire a nation’

Backs

Elliot Daly: (7)Another Eddie Jones project player who repaid his boss with exciting performances and improvement in defence.

Anthony Watson: (7)Remarkable recovery from injury and was threatening with the ball. Vastly improved defender too.

Manu Tuilagi: (8)An absolute powerhouse in attack and a subtle and intelligent defender. If he stays fit he will be world class.

Owen Farrell: (8)Led his team superbly to the final and has grown in stature. Coped with the workload and responsibilities well, but the final performance will hurt him.

Captain Owen Farrell kicked all of England’s 12 points in the final

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