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Great day for Croft and Co in Paris

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Leicester Tigers flanker Tom Croft says Sunday's victory over France was one of the most enjoyable games he has played in an England shirt.

Croft, in his 35th cap, scored an eye-catching try in the 24-22 win at the Stade de France, joining clubmate Manu Tuilagi on the scoresheet.

“That’s three away wins and that says something about the way things are going,” Croft said.

“It was certainly one of the most enjoyable games I have ever had in an England shirt. It was just one of those games where everything clicked.

England have now won three out of four games in this season’s Six Nations, with Ireland up next at Twickenham next Saturday, though they had to hang on against a late French fightback.

“If we eradicate some of those penalties we gave away, we would have been nine or 12 points further ahead and not in that position,” Croft said.

Tuilagi showed his pace to score the opening try in the early stages of the game, and Croft cropped up in midfield and showed a startling turn of pace to beat the French defence for his own score.

Leicester team-mates Dan Cole and Geoff Parling both played their part in a fine forward effort, while scrum-half Ben Youngs also appeared as a second-half replacement.