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Eddie Jones hails Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje after ‘honest’ England strike key France blow in Six Nations

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“Maro and Owen stood out in how they lead the team,” said Jones. “[They] played at their best and just got on with it and showed a lot of composure in terms of coping with difficult periods.

“I’m really pleased with how honest the players’ effort was. They have been great, really good attitude, great leadership by Owen and full credit to the players and assistant coaches to the great job they did.

“We felt France would come out strong, they have had a long period to prepare and coming to Twickenham they want to get off on the front foot. Whilst we didn’t enjoy them scoring that try [through Antoine Dupont], we knew it was something that could have been in the game equation. The players responded well, kept their cool.

“When you have a bad run, the hard thing for the team is to keep their focus when something goes wrong. You get distracted by what is written, all of those things come into your head and you just have to keep focus on what is important.

“France are being described as the best team in the world – they have quality players that are well coached. We said before the game we will be racing them to the World Cup and it will be a good race between the two of us. But we got a good start today.

“It’s a good step forward and we are still nowhere near out best, that is exciting and the players feel that. We are looking forward to raising the stakes again against Ireland.”

Jones joked about an incident in the final minutes that saw England awarded a penalty, only for it to be overturned by referee Andrew Brace seconds later.

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