Six Nations 2014: Tom Wood ponders England’s loss to France
Six Nations 2014: Tim Woods admits England's campaign is tinged with regret after a third successive second-place finish
Tom Wood admits England’s Six Nations campaign is tinged with regret following a third-straight second-place finish under Stuart Lancaster.
Wood and co finished their Championship with a fourth successive win – thumping Italy 52-11 – but ultimately lost out on the title to Ireland on points difference.
We will look back and kick ourselves about that French result
Had England scored 11 more points against the Azzurri in Rome, a first Six Nations crown under Lancaster would theoretically have been theirs but Wood believes it was their opening 26-24 defeat to France that cost the Red Rose.
In Paris, England found themselves 16-3 down after just 22 minutes after two somewhat fortuitous tries for Yoann Huget, and while Lancaster’s men battled back to take the lead, they eventually slipped to a last-gasp defeat.
“We will look back and kick ourselves about that French result,” said Wood.
“If it hadn’t been for the nervous start and bounces of the ball there, it could have been different at the end, but on the whole we’ve played really well.
“We’re really proud of the way we’ve performed and the results.
“We played some good rugby, a really good blend with attacking interplay between forwards and backs.
“We developed some more youngsters who have come into the side and done really well, so on the whole it’s been a really successful campaign.”