• Fraser Dingwall (England)

France’s Arthur Vincent and Fiji’s Ilaisa Droasese were also impactful, but the England captain stood out in a team that had its fair share of defensive lapses and moments lacking in cohesion, particularly earlier in the tournament.

Dingwall’s defensive excellence will show up more positively in the senior game, too, rather than the much more open age-grade contests, although he was still the glue for England in Argentina this month. He deserves credit for turning around the opening loss and narrow win over Italy and leading England to fifth overall, with three much-improved performances.