France 25-13 England: Six Nations ratings from the Stade de France | Six Nations 2022


15 Melvyn Jaminet Dealt with first high ball well, knocked on the next but was not flustered. Has quickly developed into an integral member of this side. 8

14 Damian Penaud Last-ditch tackle on Marchant and showed what an elusive runner he can be in buildup to Dupont’s try. Such a tricky player. 7

13 Gael Fickou Knock-on after France had prized open England’s defense with a lovely set play but made amends with the opening try soon after. Key turnover too. 8

12 Jonathan Danty Storming run up the middle of the park and one remarkable kick over his shoulder. Another who can be pleased with performances throughout the tournament. 7

11 Gabin Villiere Lost first aerial duel with Steward but responded with turnover at the breakdown. Such impressive work rate just never stops. 8

10 Romain Ntamack Clever bouncing pass to Fickou for opening try and showed an authority that rarely wavered amid a packed-out stadium going bonkers. 7

9 Antoine Dupont (capt) Sacked Itoje, who was standing in at scrum-half. Fitting that the skipper ultimately settled a contest he marshalled so well. 9

1 Cyril Baille Such soft hands for a loosehead prop. Genge looked good in parts but Baille is setting new standards in the position. 8

2 Julien Marchand Not too many of his gallops in open field but no complaints about his set piece before Mauvaka took over. 6

3 Uini Atonio Fine performance at tighthead from a consistent performer throughout this championship. Had Genge’s number at the scrum. 8

4 Cameron Woki Enjoyed pitting his wits against Itoje at the lineout and around the field he probably edged that absorbing individual battle. 8

5 Paul Willemse Perform the role of enforcer for France. This feels like the campaign in which he has truly proved he belongs on this stage. 6

6 Francois Cros Delivered a telling blow just before half-time. Plays a key role in French gameplan of softening up opposing defence. 8

7 Anthony Jelonch Early knock-on but made a bullocking run down the left. Back-row is an area of ​​immense strength for France but Jelonch has justified his coach’s faith. 7

7 Gregory Alldritt Player of the tournament by a distance. Came up with crucial turnovers, tackles, carries and key assist for Dupont’s try. 9

Gregory Alldritt
Grégory Alldritt was an inspirational player for France throughout the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho/Shutterstock

Replacements: Big (for Yawn, 50) Solid 6; Mohamed Haouas (for Atonio, 55) n / A; Romain Taofifénua (for Willemse, 50) Added oomph 6; Thibaud Flament (for Woki, 72) n / A; Dylan Cretin (for Cros, 72) n / A; Maxime Lucu (for Dupont, 77) n / A; Thomas Ramos (for Jaminet, 77) n / A


15 George Furbank You cannot say the gamble paid off. One lovely pass to Nowell on left wing but a brain freeze when gathering Danty’s kick with a foot in touch. 4

14 Freddie Steward Roamed off his wing and had some joy in the air against France’s back three. Finished off a much-needed try too when England were on top. 8

13 Joe Marchant One of England’s best performers. Made some ground up the middle and almost evaded Penaud’s desperate tackle for a try. 7

12 Henry Slade Kept trying to find ways to create gaps in the French defense but rarely found a way though the wall of blue. Forced things a bit too much. 6

11 Jack Nowell Escaped punishment for taking Jaminet out in the air and suffered nasty looking injury that ended his evening with his next attempt. 4

10 Marcus Smith The odd goose step and carried out his instructions when it came to hoisting the ball high. Didn’t always look on the same page as those outside him. 5

Marcus Smith
Marcus Smith did not always appear to be on the same wavelength as his teammates. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP

9 Ben Youngs Laborious at times and struggled to get England going. Kicking was fine, France knew exactly what to expect. Eddie Jones’s scrum-half policy still feels confused. 5

1 Ellis Genge Again gave everything with countless carries in the backfield and some heroic tackling. His scrummaging suffered as a result, though. 7

2 Jamie George Not able to reproduce his heroics against Ireland but it was not for lack of effort. Luke Cowan-Dickie likely to come back into side this summer. 6

3 Will Stuart Praised by Jones for his cameo against Ireland but didn’t reach the same heights here and was withdrawn with more than 30 minutes to go. 5

4 Maro Itoje Always tends to be one of England’s most eye-catching performers and will always exert some influence. France did well to shackle him, however. 7

5 Nick Isiekwe Got the nod in front of Joe Launchbury for his lineout work and few complaints about that. Offered England little else though. 5

6 Courtney Lawes (capt) Never threw in the towel and came to the fore early in the second half as England rallied but, in truth, a comeback was never likely. 6

7 Sam Underhill Largely anonymous in the first half after recall to back row but far more involved in the third quarter, thundering into everything that moved, before he was replaced. 6

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8 Sam Simmonds Almost dropped kick-off but settled thereafter. Has rarely managed to find the open spaces he craves throughout this tournament, however. 5

Replacements: Joe Marler (for Genge 65) Scrum did improve 6; Kyle Sinckler (for Stuart 49) A little off the pace 6; Ollie Chessum (for Isiekwe 63) Busy 7; Alex Dombrandt (for Underhill 65) Almost grabbed try with trademark running line 6; Harry Randall (for Youngs 65) Injected tempo 7; George Ford (for Furbank 77) n / A; Elliot Daly (for Nowell 26) Looked bright after another early introduction 6

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