Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford says England must ‘learn quickly’ from their Guinness Six Nations opener against France.
Eddie Jones’ men were defeated in the first round of this season’s Six Nations Championship, with a pair of Jonny May tries and a last-minute Owen Farrell penalty securing a consolation bonus-point in Paris.
England No10 Ford described the disappointment at kicking off the campaign with a loss.
He said: “In the first half, to be fair to France, they came out and played better than us to be honest, and we let them into the game.
“It only takes a few things away from home, playing at a place like this, to really let them into the game. We’re going to have to learn quickly from that.”
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England face a six-day turnaround before their next match, away to Scotland this Saturday (February 8, 4.45pm).
“The first thing we have to do is do it there and then in the game – not wait until half-time or wait until after the game to fix it up,” Ford added, when asked about the changes required ahead of the Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield.
“We’ve got a six-day turnaround, so there’s no time to sulk or let our heads down.
“We’ve got to be tough this week, we’ve got to be honest and we’ve got to move on quickly from this game to be ready for a real tough game at Murrayfield.
“We thought we did some good stuff in the second half that was a bit more us, and we’ll take that with us and hope for a better result next week.”
You can watch live coverage of Scotland v England at our next Kegs and Eggs event in The Clubhouse at Welford Road.
Entry is £5 per person and your ticket includes a FREE burger, which is redeemable on arrival. Ireland v Wales – in the day’s early kick-off – will also be shown, while The Clubhouse bar will be open to purchase refreshments throughout both matches.