SIX NATIONS REPORT CARD: Tom Curry was one of the standout England performers while Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell played their way out of potential Lions captaincy
- England finished their Six Nations campaign with a sobering defeat to Ireland
- Eddie Jones’ men ended fifth in the table and lost three of their five matches
- Sportsmail provides their end of term report card on England’s Six Nations flops
England finished their woeful Six Nations campaign with their third defeat of the tournament against Ireland.
Eddie Jones’ side finished fifth in the table – having lost to the Irish, as well as Wales and Scotland earlier in the competition.
Sportsmail’s Nik Simon provides his end of term report card on England’s Six Nations flops.
England finished their woeful Six Nations campaign with their third defeat of the tournament
It was telling that Tom Curry was sent up to fill-in for injured skipper Owen Farrell in the post-match press conference.
The 22-year-old has grown into one of the best in the world in a team with few standout performers. Anthony Watson is back to his best on the wing, while Henry Slade has also shown himself as one of England’s silkiest operators.
SHOULD DO BETTER
Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell both played their way out of Lions captaincy debates. Itoje is a world XV player, yet he was a key sinner in England’s record penalty haul, and Farrell offered more bark than bite.
England’s scrummaging group must also go back to the drawing board.
Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell (pictured) both played their way out of Lions captaincy debates
FIGHTING FOR THEIR FUTURE
All of the Saracens contingent struggled. Elliot Daly has been written off as a Test full-back, Jamie George lost his place to Luke-Cowan Dickie and Billy Vunipola went AWOL at times.
Mark Wilson put in some valiant displays, but he will be 34 by the time of the World Cup final so he may be phased out.
NUMBERS BEHIND THE DEMISE
5TH PLACE in the tournament — only the second time England have finished that low in the Six Nations, after 2018. It is the ninth time they have finished fifth in the competition (1931, 1948, 1950, 1966, 1974, 1976, 1983, 2018).
121 POINTS conceded in the five games, the most they have ever let in, beating the total of 115 from 2007.
11 TRIES conceded by England, their second-worst effort in the Six Nations behind 2019 (13) and equal with 2015 (11).
67 PENALTIES conceded with double figures in each match, which equalled the Six Nations record for a single team set by Italy hours earlier. Maro Itoje conceded 12 on his own, three more than the next worst, Mako Vunipola and Wales’ Wyn Jones.
1976 – The last time England lost their three Triple Crown games against Ireland, Wales and Scotland in a single Five/Six Nations tournament.
7 TESTS in a row in which England have conceded the first try.
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