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Deacon pleased with England form

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Louis Deacon says he is pleased the way his partnership with Tom Palmer is developing in the England second row.

Palmer was the RBS Man of the Match in England’s 17-9 win over France at Twickenham on Saturday while Deacon was also outstanding in all areas of his game.

And Tigers lock Deacon says Palmer’s game and his own work well together in the England engine room.

“I’m really pleased with the way things are going,” said Deacon, who won his 21st international cap on Saturday. “In the set-piece and the lineout we complement each other. I make the calls and he is a great guy to have there.

“You back him in the lineout getting up pretty high and a lot of teams can’t really get near him.

“He is probably a more athletic second row and I’m the bigger, more bulky second row and that’s probably what you need in the modern game, second rows that complement each other.”

Deacon, who was joined by Tigers team-mates Dan Cole, Toby Flood and Ben Youngs in England's win, said he was delighted with how the England set-piece functioned on Saturday against a formidable French pack.

“I was pretty nervous coming into the game because the lineout has gone well,” the 30-year-old said. “We were pretty much 100 per cent going into the game and the French have got a back five who are outstanding in the lineout so the pressure was on.”