Wigglesworth passes test

Sale star graduates to full international status

Last Updated: 25/02/08 8:03am

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Wigglesworth: Fine display

Wigglesworth: Fine display

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Richard Wigglesworth was thrilled after scoring the try that confirmed England's Six Nations victory over France in Paris.

The Sale scrum-half, who was making his first international start, touched down late on to put Brian Ashton's side out of sight as they won 24-13 at the Stade de France.

The victory revived England's Six Nations title challenge while Wigglesworth delivered the kind of performance which is sure to bring him more caps in the future.

Wigglesworth said: "To win away in France and get my name on the scoresheet, I am thrilled.

"I'm going to get a bit of stick for my celebration when I get back to Sale.

"I don't get many tries, but I do like the old ball-toss - it's my favourite celebration. It was a great occasion, and I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Right choice

Ashton selected Wigglesworth ahead of the hugely experienced Andy Gomarsall and felt his decision was vindicated.

"I thought Richard did really well," the England coach said. "What a way to end the game by scoring the try that took us out of sight.

"He must be delighted with that, and I am really pleased with the way he performed in what was quite a hostile environment for a first international start.

"The players were under no illusions that we had to put in a performance.

"We had played two half-games (against Wales and Italy), and we needed to put in an 80-minute performance. Apart from one or two lapses in certain areas, I think they will be quite pleased with what they did."

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