England 43-29 United States: Joe Cokanasiga shines on international return

England: (26) 43
Tries: Underhill, Lawrence, Cokanasiga 2, Blamire, Smith, Randall; Disadvantage: Blacksmith 4
United States: (3) 29
Tries: Fa’anana Schultz, Dolan, Germishuys, Dyer; Pen: Karty; Disadvantage: Carty 3

Winger Joe Cokanasiga proved he was more than ready for his return to England with two attempts in Sunday’s win against the USA in Twickenham.

In his first test since 2019, Cokanasiga shone with a win in seven attempts that was anything but flawless.

With eight debutants in the starting line-up, the hosts started with four goals to please the 10,000 fans.

But England’s mistake rose after injuries to Max Malins and Ollie Lawrence and they conceded four attempts.

The eagerly awaited unmatched half-back pairing Harry Randall and Marcus Smith gave fans something to shout about at least before the final whistle when both scored their first attempts for England.



England: Steward; Cokanasiga, Slade, Lawrence, Malins; Smith, Randall; Genge, Langdon, Heyes, McNally, Ewels, Ludlow (Capt), Underhill, Chick.

Replacement: Blamire, Obano, Davison, Hill, B Curry, Ludlam, Robson, Umag.

United States: Fallow; Te’o, Campbell (captain), Whiting, Kruse; Carty, de Haas; Ainuu, Sosene-Feagui, Mullen, Peterson, Civetta, Fa’anana-Shultz, Hattingh, Dolan.

Replacement: Taufete’e, Harmon, Waldren, Brakeley, Wooching, Germishuys, Baska, Dyer.


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