Published On: Sun, Sep 17th, 2023
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Maro Itoje – His pressure led to Lewis Ludlam’s first half try but will have better nights in an England jersey. 6

Ollie Chessum – Unsung second row workhorse never stopped grafting but added to the penalty malaise in the second half. 6.

Courtney Lawes – Tireless example provided by England’s stand-in captain and rewarded with weird second half try. 7.

Ben Earl – Busy in Tom Curry’s absence. Accidentally took Japan full-back Semisi Masirewa out of the game with an innocuous shove that saw him fall awkwardly. 7.

Lewis Ludlam – More than justified surprise call to pick the Northampton back row as a try-scoring starter ahead of Billy Vunipola. 7

Japan: Masirewa 4; Matsushima 7, Osada 6, Nakamura 7, Naikabula 7; Matsuda 7, Nagare 6; Inagaki 6, Horie 6, Gu 7, Cornelsen 7, Fakatava 5, Leitch 7, Labuschagne 7, Himeno 7.

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