Elliot Daly 8
Daly showed us more of what he brings and why he is above Mike Brown in the pecking order. A threat with ball in hand, and he put Jonny May over, finishing off a 2 on 1 that Brown might well have butchered.
Joe Cokanasiga 8
The Bath man is a great prospect for England, with raw pace and power to go with the talent. Raw is the word though, and he needs more game time and a sterner test before we get too carried away.
Manu Tuilagi 8
Would he have waltzed through a better defence quite so easily? Can we draw any conclusions about Manu from this game, given that Italy were frankly awful? There are still question marks over his defence, particularly in the 13 channel, and should probably revert to 12. Either way, it’s great to see him rampaging around Twickenham again.
Ben Te’o 6
Overshadowed by his midfield partner, and I’m not convinced that this is a partnership with any longevity. Some solid contributions, but looks more likely than Manu to give way to Slade.
Jonny May 7
Not quite as prominent as he has been in recent matches, but another solid showing that maintained his impressive strike rate.
Owen Farrell 7
He looked calm and assured at fly-half once again, but this was nothing like the Wales game, so I don’t think we really learned anything new.
Ben Youngs 7
Again, looked much more confident behind such a dominant forward pack, and an easy win should help confidence, but he’ll need to come through sterner tests before faith is fully restored.
Ellis Genge 8
The Italians have historically scrummaged well, but Genge held his own at loosehead, and put in some big hits in defence. Would you pick him over Ben Moon as Mako’s understudy?
Jamie George 9
A fine performance from England’s best hooker, particularly throwing that pass off his left hand for Tuilagi to score in the corner. It’s encouraging to see England’s forwards showing improved handling skills, rather than a wide move breaking down as soon as there’s a forward in the backline.
Kyle Sinckler 8
A similar contribution to Genge, with a powerful scrummaging performance and a few notable contributions in the loose. His temperament wasn’t tested this time.
Joe Launchbury 6
I thought Launchbury looked slightly slow and ponderous compared to his second row rivals Courtney Lawes, Maro Itoje and George Kruis. Grafted admirably as usual, but is that enough in such a competitive position?
George Kruis 8
As well as running a flawless line out, Kruis deserves credit for the two charged-down kicks and seems very trustworthy in England’s engine room.
Brad Shields 7
It looked like a pretty easy afternoon at the breakdown for England, no doubt partly thanks to Shields, who is an effective operator at 6. Made his fair share of carries, more than his fair share of tackles and he looks likely to feature in the World Cup squad whatever happens.
Tom Curry 6
Another reasonable effort from Curry, although not quite as prominent as in other matches, and could get away with a quieter afternoon against such limited opposition.
Billy Vunipola 8
Looked a little more menacing this week, with a few big carries, and you get the sense that he’s finding his way back after all of his broken arms. There’s no decent back up in the squad, so Vunipola needs to stay fit.
It’s hard to mark the ‘finishers’ on the same scale, given their brief cameos in a game that was easily won by the time they arrived. It was good to see Dan Robson get 20 minutes and his passing looked sharp, Nathan Hughes made a couple of ineffective carries in his trademark bolt upright position, and everyone else was adequate.