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Stuart Lancaster: Engineered England's first win in Paris since 2008

Stuart Lancaster: Engineered England's first win in Paris since 2008

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Stuart Lancaster refused to be drawn on the possibility of him being given the England job on a permanent basis after the win over France - but two of his players have backed him for the job.

Tries from Manu Tuilagi, Ben Foden and Tom Croft plus nine points from the boot of Owen Farrell gave England their first success in Paris since 2008.

Wesley Fofana's converted try gave France late hope but Francois Trinh-Duc's late drop goal attempt fell short, giving Lancaster the biggest win so far of his short tenure.

His side's success can only have enhanced his application to lead England into the 2015 World Cup on home soil as the Rugby Football Union consider who to appoint as Martin Johnson's permanent successor.

"Hats off to Stuart, Faz (Farrell) and Wig (Rowntree). We have one game left and we need to make sure we don't let them down in the last fixture (against Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday)."
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"I am very proud to come to the Stade de France and get a win, where few sides have done that recently," Lancaster said.

"It's not about me, Andy or Graham. It is about the team. We lacked experience in terms of caps but we have a huge amount of self-belief in the direction we are going.

"The players deserve great credit. I am hugely proud of the performance they all put in. It epitomised the character we have in the side.

"Great credit to the French as well. When Tom scored they never gave up and put us back in a position where they could have dropped a goal to win the game.

"I am pleased with the boys' resilience."

Ringing endorsement

Captain Chris Robshaw gave Lancaster - as well as assistants Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree - a ringing endorsement, with the trio being praised for restoring some pride into the national team.

"They have created a great environment for us to go out there and play and of course as players we will back them to keep on doing it and keep on improving," the Harlequins forward said.

"I would like to think they think the same of us. We have only been together for 35 to 40 days now and we feel we have come a long way since that first game against Scotland."

Full-back Foden also offered his backing for Lancaster and the rest of the coaching team, insisting the squad were firmly behind them.

The victory over Les Bleus means England have won all three away games in this year's RBS Six Nations, while they could still mathematically win the title going into the final round of matches.

"They have been marvellous so far. The thing that Stuart has done is that he has been honest with all the players and the media," he said.

"He has done what he set out to do and created an environment and culture that is certainly positive.

"All the boys are behind him and we all buy into what he is trying to build here and everyone is enjoying their rugby and enjoying the camp.

"Hats off to Stuart, Faz (Farrell) and Wig (Rowntree). We have one game left and we need to make sure we don't let them down in the last fixture (against Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday)."

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