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Modest Ford praises effort of England pack

Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford, who was named man of the match in England's 45-7 win over USA at the Rugby World Cup, has praised the squad's forwards for their role in securing the Pool C victory.

The 26-year-old, who captained the side in the match at Kobe Misaki Stadium, told the England Rugby website: “The set piece is traditionally one of England’s strengths, it’s an incredible weapon when you can get it going and it’s about finding balance."

“The work the lads put in to score a couple of driving mauls is huge, especially in those conditions."

The Tigers star, who is taking part in his second Rugby World Cup, was also complimentary of England's opponents following the match before saying the focus now turns solely on to preparing for the crucial fixture against Argentina.

"It is a good win again ... the United States were very physical and passionate," said Ford.

"We will recover from this and then start the preparations for the game against Argentina."

Former Tigers forward and England head coach Eddie Jones was high in praise for his fly-half after the full-time whistle.

"I thought George really led the team well, he managed the game brilliantly," said Jones.

“The conditions were very challenging; it made the ball very greasy.

"When the opportunity arises you need to be able to find the space and shift the ball and exploit the opportunities and that’s what we looked to do."