Fired-up France were fuelled by Jones comments - Alldritt

Ruben Hill
February 5, 2020

They will be without centre Manu Tuilagi, who was ruled out due to a groin injury sustained in the 24-17 defeat by France.

Alldritt was also full of praise for the impact new defence coach Shaun Edwards has made.

Vunipola was plainly missed out on at the Stade de France, particularly throughout prolonged spells when England's forwards battered the whitewash yet did not have the brute stamina to make the last advancement. The staff have been working hard on the details that led us to this great victory'.

If confirmed, Renault will be back on board as the official vehicle of French global rugby, having last held the same title from 2008 to 2012.

After repeatedly coming up empty-handed during many trips to the French 22, and with such a sizeable deficit, even the most optimistic of Englishmen would not have thought that their team would be able to mount a comeback. "It's only the start, but it's a great day".

"When the English team had possession, our team was well organized and fought back every time to win the arm wrestle", Galthie said. This was also the first time since the 1988 edition that England failed to score a point before the interval. We're a in a very positive state.

Jones's enthusiastic words failed when Les Bleus resisted a return from England in the second half to claim a 24-17 victory.

Transition England will persist with playing Curry at number eight
Transition England will persist with playing Curry at number eight

"These diminutive little pacy scrum-halves that dart in and around fringes really hurt us [England] in the World Cup final, really hurt us in Paris last week and we've got a carbon copy of it again".

"In the World Cup final we weren't good in that area and we weren't good there against France".

'I don't think we would have seen the response we got in the second half if we had a mental hangover, ' he said. "They're a young team, there's a bit of a renaissance in French rugby and we struggled to match their intensity".

Jones names his team to take on Scotland this Friday.

France skipper Ollivon said he would "certainly remember" his double, but added that he would not be dwelling long on it.

"What am I going to say to him?"

"That's one of the first things you learn when you were a child: blow the whistle".

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