Six Nations
Lancaster marvels at England character

Lancaster marvels at England character

A 55-35 win over France was not enough for Six Nations glory, but England coach Stuart Lancaster could not fault his team's effort.

England coach Stuart Lancaster was left marvelling at his team's character despite Saturday's thrilling win over France not being enough to clinch the Six Nations title.

After Ireland's 40-16 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield earlier in the day, Lancaster's men needed to beat the French by 26 points if they were to win the championship ahead of Joe Schmidt's side.

In the end England fell short, but only just, as a 55-35 win in the pulsating 12-try clash saw them come within just six points of glory.

"I'm gutted really," Lancaster told BBC Sport. "I said to the boys: 'That's one of the most courageous performance I've seen from a team.'

"To go down like we did [England fell 15-7 behind] and show the character to come back. It was an unbelievable game of rugby and it was desperately disappointing not to get that try at the end.

"We played some fantastic rugby and those two first tries from France hurt us but it will go down as one of the great games of rugby.

"Credit to Ireland for winning the championship, they beat us and congratulations to Joe [Schmidt, the Ireland coach] and all his team."

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