Six Nations 2012: Stuart Lancaster heaps praise on new-look England

Interim head coach Stuart Lancaster hails the performance of his new-look England side after their 24-22 win at Paris on Sunday

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Stuart Lancaster's England edged to a 24-22 victory over France on Sunday Photo: The Sport Review

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Interim head coach Stuart Lancaster hailed the performance of his young England side after they shocked World Cup finalists France in Paris at the weekend.

It was England’s first win in the French capital since 2008, prompting Lancaster to praise the ‘character’ of his new-look side.

Despite slipping to defeat against Wales at Twickenham two weeks ago, Lancaster’s side became the first England side ever to win three away games in the Championship as tries from Manu Tuilagi, Ben Foden and Tom Croft gave them a 24-22 victory in Paris.

“It’s fantastic to win here with a side so young and inexperienced,” said Lancaster.

“We started well. We had periods where we lost composure, but we showed true character and grit to stick in there.

“I don’t think France has lost here for 10 games and we’ve won. I hope everyone at home enjoyed it, it was a fantastic atmosphere here.

“I thought Tom Croft’s try was outstanding but credit to France, they came back and almost fashioned a drop-goal [in the dying seconds] but I thought we deserved it to be honest.

“It comes down to the character the boys showed from one to 22. We’ll keep our feet on the ground though, there’s a massive game coming up against Ireland.”

© Sportsbeat 2012

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