Stuart Lancaster "proud" but disappointed

Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
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England coach Stuart Lancaster is disappointed that his side lost to France, but saw plenty of positives.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has admitted that he is "disappointed" to have lost the opening Six Nations clash.

Lancaster's side recovered from a strong start by the French to lead, but the hosts snatched the points late on with a 26-24 victory.

"It was a great performance in lots of ways," PA quotes Lancaster as saying. "We're very proud. Once we get over the initial disappointment we'll take a huge amount of positives from the game.

"Games are never won or lost in one moment. Everything matters at this level. It was a great Test match played by two great teams.

"Overall the positives of the performance will outweigh the result, but we recognise we need to win big games. We've learned a lot from this game. We dominated the middle third and to claw our way back from 16-3 was great."

In the day's other game, holders Wales edged out Italy in Cardiff.

Joe Launchbury of England goes over to score a try underneath Captain Chris Robshaw of England during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand on November 16, 2013
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