England’s Eddie Jones hails ‘fantastic’ grand slam winners

  • England beat France 31-21 to claim fifth victory in a row
  •  ‘We’re looking forward to going to Australia and we’re only going to get better’

England coach Eddie Jones paid tribute to his side after a 31-21 victory over France clinched a first grand slam since 2003.

Tries from Danny Care, Dan Cole and Anthony Watson were enough to seal the victory despite some nervous moments in the second half when France threatened to find a way back into the game. But 16 points from the boot of Owen Farrell ensured that Jones has turned a team that was eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage has been transformed into the best team in Europe.

“This squad has been brilliant since we met up for this Six Nations. We have got better week on week, and built on performances. We got what we deserved after it. I am just chuffed for the boys. I am chuffed for everyone.”

Vunipola was arguably England’s most influential performer across the championship, and he was thrilled by the grand slam achievement, which came a week after the title was secured.

Vunipola said: “This means a great deal. We have had a great eight weeks, and to come out on top and win every game after what happened at the World Cup, which no-one can forget about, it’s a great achievement for us.

“I just thank God for giving me the opportunity, and I am just so happy right now.

“You could hear how loud the crowd was. I am sure they didn’t want us to come here and win a Grand Slam on their home soil, and that is a credit to them.

“But more credit goes to my team and the way we stood up to them in a tough first half, and we eventually came out on top.”

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