Jones: ‘It’s a great achievement’

Date published: March 20 2016

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England head coach Eddie Jones revealed he was "very proud" of his squad after they clinched the Grand Slam in Paris.

The Six Nations champions scored three tries against France on their way to a 31-21 win, securing a Grand Slam for the first time since 2003.

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

"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 paid tribute to his captain Dylan Hartley and assistant coaches for the work they've done over the last few weeks, pointing to more success down the road.

"He has been fantastic, he has done a really good job. The nucleus of the team has been very strong," he added.

"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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