How the Ireland players rated in the Six Nations win over England

Robbie Henshaw staked his claim for a Lions berth with another immense effort
How the Ireland players rated in the Six Nations win over England

Ireland's Tadhg Furlong comes up against Mako Vunipola of England and offloads to CJ Stander of Ireland. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Hugo Keenan: Fantastic under high balls and was everywhere during a top-class display. A possible Lions bolter. 8 

Keith Earls: Opportunistic try - his 34th on the international stage - puts him a small step closer to Brian O'Driscoll's Ireland record of 46. Unlucky to be denied another. 7 

Robbie Henshaw: Arguably Ireland's player of the tournament. Always a bright, willing runner and another exceptional display should strengthen his Lions chances. 9 

Bundee Aki: A little unlucky with red card for dangerous tackle on Billy Vunipola. Left his team in lurch but it did not prove too costly. 5 

Jacob Stockdale: Slipped back in seamlessly on his first Test outing of 2021 but evidence of rustiness and could have done more to deny Youngs' try. 6 

Johnny Sexton: Led his country to their best display of the Andy Farrell era. Reliable as ever with the boot, kicking a remarkable 22 points. 8 

Ireland's Conor Murray celebrates a penalty. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Ireland's Conor Murray celebrates a penalty. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Conor Murray: Pulled the strings and kicking game continually put Ireland in position. Late yellow card blotted copybook slightly. 7 

Dave Kilcoyne: Unfortunate to have only his third Six Nations start cut short by a head injury after just 20 minutes. 5 

Rob Herring: Ended a solid tournament with another substantial contribution. Long line-out throw caught out England and helped free Earls to score. 7 

Tadhg Furlong: Fine job to limit Mako Vunipola. Appears to be back to his best following year-long injury issues. 8 

Ireland's Iain Henderson competes in the air with Charlie Ewels of England. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Ireland's Iain Henderson competes in the air with Charlie Ewels of England. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Iain Henderson: Went about his business with little fuss. Influential showing helped Ireland cope with James Ryan's absence. 7 

Tadhg Beirne: Another who Lions boss Warren Gatland will struggle to ignore. An absolute beast in the engine room, brilliant at the breakdown. 8 

CJ Stander: Quietly efficient on his farewell appearance before international retirement. Fitting way to finish. Will certainly be missed. 7 

Josh Van Der Flier: A sound and satisfactory afternoon from the hard-working flanker. Ripping the ball off Billy Vunipola was a highlight. 7 

Jack Conan: Statement performance to celebrate his first Test start for 15 months. Deft assist for Earls' score before a try of his own. Seized his opportunity. 8 

Replacements: Cian Healy was thrown on early due to Kilcoyne's injury and, as expected, was a more than able deputy. Such was Ireland's dominance, the rest of the bench were given little time to impress. 7

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