Ellis Genge and Freddie Steward show world-class caliber but Danny Care flops

England secured only their second series victory in Australia on Saturday with a 21-17 win in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground sealing a 2-1 triumph over the Wallabies.

Despite losing the first Test in Perth, Eddie Jones’ side bounced back from the early setback to record back-to-back wins, becoming the first England side to win a series after suffering defeat in the opener.

The win secures Jones’ place at the helm of the national team through to the next World Cup, but it has also provided a clear indication of who is firmly in the mix for France 2023 and who may have played their way into trouble in the mind of the Australian.

Here’s how each player performed on the tour Down Under.

Ellis Genge

A remarkable transformation from six years ago when he toured Australia as an apprentice. Now a leader and a tone-setter in the way that he bowled over Michael Hooper and Samu Kerevi. Taniela Tupou was also chewed up and spat out. 9/10

Mako Vunipola

England’s coaches have raved about his contribution behind the scenes since returning to the international fold. At the heart of England’s defensive stand in Sydney. 6

Will Stuart

Tighthead was a major area of ​​concern before the tour but Stuart really stepped up in Kyle Sinckler’s absence, both as a scrummager and particularly as a ball-carrier in the second Test. 8

Joe Heyes

Put a big shot in on Marika Koroibete that led to Luke Cowan-Dickie winning a series-sealing turnover. Slowly building up a lot of experience for a 23-year-old. 6

jamie george

Saved his best performance for the last Test but looked short of a gallop over the course of the series. Line-out wobbled occasionally. Battle for the hooker spot will be intriguing going forward. 6

Luke Cowan Dickie

Came on in Sydney like a man possessed, putting in nine ferocious tackles and winning the crucial turnover penalty with three minutes remaining. He will look to kick on next season after a long period out injured. 7


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