PLAYER EVALUATIONS: Will Collier has an afternoon to forget in Barbarians’ embarrassing loss to England

PLAYER EVALUATIONS: Eddie Jones’ squad suffer complete embarrassment after Will Collier has a game to forget against 14 Barbarians… as Sam Underhill and Charlie Ewels fail on the eve of the Australian tour

  • England suffered a 52-21 loss to the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday night
  • The Barbarians, though they lost a man, left the hosts stunned with more tries
  • Jones’ side had no Leicester or Saracens players after Premiership final
  • Disappointing defeat for Jones’ side ahead of their three-Test tour of Australia

England head coach Eddie Jones was left utterly embarrassed on the eve of their tour of Australia as they were beaten 52-21 by a side of 14 Barbarians.

The Barbarians lost giant lock Will Skelton to a red card in the first half but Jones’ men couldn’t make the most of the extra man in what was a terrible display. Coached by France boss Fabien Galthie, the Barbarians were well deserving of victory as they scored eight tries to England’s three.

sports mailit is Alex Bywater was at Twickenham to take a look at the England players on what was an afternoon to forget for Jones…

Jones’ side missed the chance to impress their head coach ahead of their Australian trial tour




try: Cokanasiga 36, ​​May 51, Smith 60

Pens: Smith 17, 34


try: Penalty 18, Ollivon 24, Penaud 38, 55, Couilloud 46, Carbonel 67, Spring 74, Hastoy 79

The inconvenients: Hastoy 25, 68, Kruis 47, 75, 80

Arbitrator: Andrea Piardi (Italy)

Presence: 51,385

Star man: George Kruis (Barbarians)


Tommy Freeman – 6.5

Called for two high balls early to boost his confidence. Strong start and executed his basic skills well on England’s first try executing a great line and drawing the last man.

Joe Cokanasiga – 6

A brilliant break showed what he can do, but he took the wrong option with the pass. Penalized for a tackle in the air but finished for a try in the first half.

Joe Marchant-4.5

A fleeting moment with the ball in hand but he never had the chance to run. Will always likely be England’s away center in Australia. Replaced by Jack Nowell who moved into an unusual midfield position.

Mark Atkinson- 4

A forward pass followed by another wayward effort which was intercepted by Damian Penaud for a Barbarians third try.

Johnny May – 6

Sin was dropped on his return to England for a deliberate hit which led to a Barbarians penalty try. Made amends in the second half by finishing in the corner but was dominated by the excellent Penaud.

Marcus Smith- 6.5

Had his right thigh ominously tied, but his passing was a joy to watch. Places a brilliant tackle on Vrimi Vakatawa. Superb work for the counter attack which led to Cokanasiga’s try and grabbed his own score but he kicked erratically.

Joe Cokanasiga was one of England's few shining sparks - scoring a try in the first half

Joe Cokanasiga was one of England’s few shining sparks – scoring a try in the first half

Harry Randall- 3.5

His pass was intercepted by Charles Ollivon and couldn’t come back to prevent the Barbarians captain from scoring. Would have been disappointed with his time on the pitch. Replaced at the start of the second half by veteran Danny Care whose first England appearance since 2018 was warmly applauded.

Bevan Rodd – 5.5

Penalized for hinge in the first scrum and had serious set-piece problems as he was continuously lectured by the referee. Did well to go the distance.

Jack Walker- 6

A first-half lineout in a prime attacking position went awry. Charged a kick. Went well overall on a shock start before giving way to Jack Singleton.

Harry Randall (left) gave a try after his pass was intercepted by Charles Ollivon

Harry Randall (left) gave a try after his pass was intercepted by Charles Ollivon

Sera Necklace – 3

Part of an English scrum that struggled early on. Substituted roughly twice by Jones but had to come back the first time after his replacement Patrick Shickerling was knocked high by Skelton and had to leave for a head injury assessment. Australian lock Skelton has become the first Barbarian in history to be sent off.

Charlie Ewels – 5

Couldn’t help England take control even against 14 men. Worked hard but found it difficult to face former England lock George Kruis. Kruis was exceptional in his last game and even had three conversions.

Jonny Hill – 6

Back in an English jersey after missing the Six Nations. A gallop into space after a pass from Smith and a good source of line possession. Will only recover after returning from a leg injury and will likely be on the plane to Australia.

Tom Curry (captain) – 5

The captain was crushed by Skelton and saw his team struggle to gain any semblance of control despite his powerful carries. It was a bad result on his watch.

England's Will Collier was abruptly substituted twice by coach Eddie Jones throughout the match.

England’s Will Collier was abruptly substituted twice by coach Eddie Jones throughout the match.

Sam Underhill – 5

Back alongside ‘Kamikaze Kid’ partner Curry but couldn’t help England pull themselves together as they struggled to retain possession. Replaced by Courtney Lawes.

Callum Chick – 6

An 11th-hour substitution after Alex Dombrandt suffered a knee injury in training on Friday and has been constantly looking for work. Replaced by Jack Willis.

Substitutes: Patrick Shickerling 5 (for Collier 27) (Collier 35), Danny Care 5 (for Randall 45), Jack Willis 6 (for Chick 45), Courtney Lawes 5 (for Underhill 53), Jack Singleton 5 (for Walker 55), Jack Nowell 5 (for Marchant 56), Will Goodrick-Clarke 5 (for Collier 63), Orlando Bailey 5 (for Cokanasiga 66)

Sam Underhill couldn't help England keep possession as they struggled to retain possession

Sam Underhill couldn’t help England keep possession as they struggled to retain possession