Sir Clive Woodward praises England "courage"

Sir Clive Woodward prior to the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy on March 10, 2013
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Former England coach Sir Clive Woodward praises the team's "courage" during Saturday's 26-24 defeat to France in the Six Nations.

Former England coach Sir Clive Woodward has praised the team's fighting spirit during Saturday's narrow defeat to France in the Six Nations.

England led with two minutes to play at the Stade de France, but Gael Fickou touched down to give Les Bleus a dramatic win.

Woodward believes that Stuart Lancaster's side need to show a more ruthless streak if they are to achieve success in the future.

"Huge courage from the England team but a massive win for France," BBC Sport quotes him as saying. "This result will just change their season. England have to learn how to close out a game."

England's Six Nations campaign resumes next Saturday when they face Scotland at Murrayfield.

Louis Picamoles of France closes down Chris Robshaw of England during the RBS Six Nations match between France and England at Stade de France on February 1, 2014
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