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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 March, 2004, 21:54 GMT
Woodward looks forward
England coach Clive Woodward
England coach Clive Woodward was clearly disappointed
England coach Clive Woodward opted to put defeat behind him, following his side's 24-21 loss to France in Paris.

The world champions were outplayed by an impressive French outfit, who claimed the country's fourth Grand Slam in eight years.

"This Six Nations was always going to be hard after the Rugby World Cup but I've very proud of the way we played out there," Woodward said.

"We'll build from this and look forward to the summer. We have to move on."

Scrum-half Matt Dawson was full of praise for his forward pack after they set the stage for Englnd to win the second half 19-3.

"I'm sure there were a lot of critics who thought we were going to get beat by 50 points after the first half but Lawrence Dallaglio led by example," said Dawson.

"It feels strange, looking at those forwards from our second half performance knowing we lost."

Wing Ben Cohen, who scored England's first try, also insisted that half-time was the turning point for England.

"We had a few words at half time. We made a lot of mistakes in the first half but we learnt from them and took it to France," he said.

"There were a lot of big performances out there. We nearly sneaked it."




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England head coach Sir Clive Woodward
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"The boys did England proud in the second half"



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