Thursday 8 December 2016

England crowned Grand Slam champions in Paris

Published 19/03/2016 | 22:23

England team celebrate with the trophy after their grand slam rugby tournament win after they defeated France. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
England team celebrate with the trophy after their grand slam rugby tournament win after they defeated France. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

England head coach Eddie Jones hailed his players after they secured a first Six Nations Grand Slam for 13 years by beating France 31-21 in Paris.

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England repelled a strong French performance, scoring three tries, as they made it five wins out of five under Australian Jones' direction.

"I am very proud of the boys," Jones told BBC One.

"We weren't at our best today, but we battled through and really deserved the victory. It is a great achievement by the team.

"I always had confidence in the team.

"I thought in the first half we sat back a little bit, and were probably more worried about the result than playing, and the second half we were much more positive in the way we played."

Jones also praised captain Dylan Hartley, adding: "He has been fantastic, he has done a really good job. The nucleus of the team has been very strong.

"The two assistant coaches have done a fantastic job, Paul Gustard with his defence and Steve Borthwick with his set-piece work.

"The great thing is that the best is still ahead of us. We are only going to get better."

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