Mako Vunipola ENGLAND WORLD CUP PLAYER RATINGS: Ferocious Tom Curry came of age

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England’s hopes of winning the World Cup came to an end as they suffered a heartbreaking defeat by South Africa in the final in Yokohama on Saturday.  

Eddie Jones’ team impressed on their way to the final but were men were  comprehensively outmuscled on the night.

Here Sportsmail’s Will Kelleher rates each player’s performance in the tournament as a whole.  

Tom Curry became England’s youngest ever forward to go to a World Cup and was sensational

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Dan Cole – 5

Destroyed in the final, conceding four penalties, and that marred his tournament. At 32 he is sure to have played his last World Cup. England need to find a new No 3 to back up Kyle Sinckler.

Matches: 6; Minutes: 210; Metres: 10 from 7 carries; Tackles: 12

Joe Marler – 7.5

Out of retirement for this and was excellent when starting instead of Mako Vunipola, as well as off the bench. Tried to turn the tide in the final but it was too late for him.

Matches: 6; Minutes: 209; Metres: 1 from 7 carries; Tackles: 26

Kyle Sinckler – 8.5

Coming of age tournament and he is now one of the best props in the world. Combines sublime handling with brute strength. Australia quarter-final was his finest hour. England missed him dearly when he was knocked out in the final.

Matches: 6; Minutes: 270; Metres: 43 from 33 carries; Tackles: 31; Tries: 1

Mako Vunipola – 7.5

Missed the early pool games through injury but came back to star, particularly in the New Zealand game. Makes Billy Vunipola play better too. Could not stop Bok scrum in the final, however.

Matches: 4; Minutes: 200; Metres: 25 from 33 carries; Tackles: 33

Mako Vunipola missed the early pool games through injury but came back to star

Luke Cowan-Dickie – 7 

Three close-range tries for the Cornish hooker as Jamie George’s back-up. Only 26 so he can take his game to the next level for the 2023 World Cup when he should be a seasoned international.

Matches: 6; Minutes: 151; Metres: 52 from 20 carries; Tackles: 18; Tries: 3

Jamie George – 8 

Key leader of this English team and a calming presence on the field and off — where he has been in charge of entertainment. Very few errors and in world-class category with still more years to play.

Matches: 5; Minutes: 317; Metres: 43 from 20 carries; Tackles: 42; Tries: 1 

George Kruis – 7

Dropped for Courtney Lawes in the biggest Tests and does not provide huge impact off the bench, but he is still the best lineout guru in the squad — an area in which England were largely strong.

Matches: 6; Minutes: 242; Metres: 17 from 33 carries; Tackles: 26

Maro Itoje – 9

They sing his name to the tune of the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army and he is a one-man symphony of talents. A nuisance, a dominator and already an icon at the age of 25, he could well be made captain in the next four-year cycle.

Matches: 5; Minutes: 400; Metres: 31 from 54 carries; Tackles: 71; Turnovers: 11


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