Brown hails impact of Jones

Date published: March 20 2016

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A delighted Mike Brown took some well earned satisfaction after England’s win in Paris after sealing the Grand Slam.

The England full-back aired his frustrations after the country's exit from the Rugby World Cup and believes the arrival of Eddie Jones has given the players the extra push they required.

“I remember saying after the World Cup that the main part of this group, if it could stay together and get better we could show what we’re about. We are starting to do that. This is a good stepping stone. We need to push on now and achieve even more," Brown said.

“When Eddie speaks you listen. He was quite forceful. I think it was what we needed at the time, a bit of a rev up.

“So many times we’ve come up short, so many times we’ve come up second. I said in the week we are fed up of coming second, fed up of not achieving what we want to achieve."

Brown added that England had a struck a good balance between experience and youth within their squad throughout their run to victory.

He said: “The younger players are great but you’ve also got to look at the senior players: Dylan, who’s been tremendous stepping up into his role, James Haskell too, people like that. You need that blend of youth and senior guys who have had the experiences, like myself, over the years. That pain and that hurt to drive a team.

“We’ve been there through the bad times and some good times. We try to help these young guys come on as much as wide can.

"They’ve been brilliant so far so if they keep their heads down and keep working hard, they push us as much as we push them, so it’s great."

England outscored France by three tries to none but had to overcome plenty of jitters in the first and second half in Paris with so much riding on the outcome of the result.

Brown revealed that the right words were said at half-time to keep England on track for their 31-21 victory.

“The messages were good. Everyone was sticking to the first page first half, trying not to lose rather than just going out. But everyone was calm. Calm heads, even when our skipper went down," he explained.

“Eddie is just instilling confidence and belief in players. He takes time out to speak to all of us, gives us little tips, just passing in the corridor and speaking to us.

"He makes us believe how good we can be. If we have done well he will tell us. I think the way he is trying to get us to attack is great. Be confrontational, physical and make teams feel uncomfortable and I've really enjoyed that aspect that he has brought in.

“I think we have shown the start of what we can do.”

by James While in Paris

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