England will only get better

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Six Nations highlights: France 21-31 England

England head coach Eddie Jones believes his side “will only get better” after they beat France to clinch a first Six Nations Grand Slam title in 13 years.

Australian Jones, 56, replaced former boss Stuart Lancaster in November after England failed to reach the knockout stages of their home World Cup.

A 31-21 win over France in Paris on Saturday saw England win the Grand Slam for the first time since 2003.

“It’s a great achievement and I always had confidence in them,” said Jones.

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Grand Slam a great achievement – Jones

“I’m very proud of the boys. We were not at our best but we battled throughout and deserve the victory.

“The great thing is the best is ahead of us. We’re looking forward to [the summer tour of] Australia and we’re only going to get better.”

Jones brought in Dylan Hartley to replace Chris Robshaw as England captain and praised the efforts of both players, as well as other experienced members of his squad.

“Dylan Hartley has been fantastic and he has done a very good job,” said Jones. “Billy Vunipola, Mike Brown and Owen Farrell have done very well assisting him along with James Haskell and Chris Robshaw. That nucleus has been very strong.”

‘We wanted to be the most dominant team’


The England team celebrated their Grand Slam victory

Inside centre Farrell told BBC One: “It’s brilliant. We set ourselves a goal to be the most dominant team in Europe and we’ve achieved that. It was not the best of starts for us even though we were up [for it] but we showed some character in the second half – the boys were brilliant.

“This squad has been brilliant since we met up at the start of the Six Nations. We built on our performances and got what we deserved. I’m just chuffed for the boys, we have a few that have been through a lot and some people that have come in.”

Saracens’ Vunipola said that the failure at the World Cup was still on the players’ minds, but added he was delighted with England’s Grand Slam.

“This means a great deal,” said the number eight. “It’s such a great bunch of guys and we’ve had a great eight weeks.

“No-one can forget the World Cup but this is a great achievement and I’m so happy at the moment.”


‘All down to Eddie’

Sir Clive Woodward, who coached England to victory in the 2003 World Cup final against Jones’ Australia, tweeted his congratulations.

He posted: “Massive night England congrats to Eddie and his team/totally deserved and all down to Eddie, just the start for England.”

Former England hooker Brian Moore tweeted: “Congratulations to England, Dylan Hartley and Eddie Jones on their Grand Slam – fully deserved.”


England have won all five games since Eddie Jones took over as head coach

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