Foden and Wood reflect
England duo focus on the positives from Six Nations campaign
By Elliot Ball. Last Updated: 21/03/11 5:14pm
Winning duo: Wood & Foden
Ben Foden and Tom Wood looked back with mixed emotions on England's RBS Six Nations campaign, as well as signalling their desire to help Northampton Saints' play-off push in the Aviva Premiership.
"On reflection it's a great achievement"
Ben Foden and Tom Wood Quotes of the week
The international team-mates have returned to club duties with the Saints, starting with a team-bonding session at a go-kart track in Northamptonshire.
The pair were part of the England side denied their first grand slam in eight years after being easily beaten by Ireland on Saturday - but nevertheless still lifted the Six Nations title.
And Foden is keen to build on the positives despite admitting to a bittersweet moment collecting his medal.
"When we were given out the medals we were are on a low because things didn't pan out the way we wanted it to," the 25-year-old told Sky Sports News HD.
"But on reflection it's a great achievement and it hasn't been done for a while, so we have to be positive on the outlook and realise it's a good step in the right direction and hopefully we can build and keep getting better."
On the 24-8 defeat at the Aviva Stadium, Foden added: "Obviously we'll look back at the game and think we could have played it differently but all credit to the Irish, the better team won on the day."
This year's Six Nations campaign marked the start of Tom Wood's England career and it promises to be a burgeoning one after he impressed throughout the tournament.
But the Northampton back-row is not looking ahead to November's World Cup just yet.
The 24-year-old said: "There's still a lot of rugby between now and then and things change and you've got to stay fit and, with guys coming back to fitness, I've got my work cut out."
Wood and Foden are expected to go straight into the Saints line-up for Sunday's Aviva Premiership clash against London Wasps.
And Foden is keen to help his side cement a top-four finish, after arresting a six-match losing streak against Leeds in their last fixture.
Full-back Foden admitted: "It's been frustrating looking at how things have gone while I've been away in the England camp.
"The boys have been struggling and it's been disappointing but we got the win we needed against Leeds.
"A few boys are coming back from injury and with the return of ourselves from international duty hopefully we'll be able to right a few wrongs this weekend.
"That's the main focus for us now, get the wheels on track and make sure when it comes to the busy end of the season that we're on good form and we're playing well again."