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England U20 Head Coach Rob Hunter:

“France were tough – they were physical, but I think we rose to the challenge. We’re pleased to be in this position, three wins from three is exactly what we wanted and we’ve achieved it but there’s still an awfully long way to go.

“The conditions were quite heavy but it was the same for both sides so we’ve got no complaints there, it was a great Test match to be involved in. We head into a fallow week now before we play Scotland – I think it’s fair to say that I’d prefer to keep the lads in camp but hopefully the rest will do them good and they’ll come back raring to go in a weeks time. We talk a lot about momentum and that’s something we certainly have now.

“We’re over the half way point in our 6 Nations campaign and it’s gone very well so far. It’s hard not to be happy with three from three but I’m particularly satisfied with the exceptionally high standards that the lads set out for themselves.

“Myself and all of the management have been very impressed with how they’ve reviewed their own performances and how they’ve prepared for the games. They take each game very seriously and that will stand them in good stead throughout their careers.”

England flanker Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors) on playing at his home ground:

“A win was the most important thing today and thankfully we got that so can’t ask for much more. The boys did very well but it was a tough game out there and the conditions weren’t the best, France are a very good side and there are a few bruised bodies in the changing room.

“From a personal point of view I just tried to concentrate as if it was any other game. Obviously it’s nice to play on your home ground and I had a few friends and family down to watch so it was good knowing I had a bit of home support but at the end of the day it was a Test match against France that we had to win, i'd have been happy playing on a field in the middle of nowhere.

“We’ve got a couple of weeks until the next game so I’ll have a good week with Worcester and a bit of rest and recovery time before we get back together ready to play Scotland all guns blazing.”

England try-scorer Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints):

“France were a tough side and a physical side, but we knew they would be so we just tried to push our line speed up and take the game to them and fortunately we got the result we wanted. We’ve got three wins from three now but all our focus is solely on beating Scotland in two weeks time, it’s a cliché but it really is one game at a time.

“I was pleased to get my try at the time I did, we wanted to start quickly and put France under the cosh so it was an important time to touch down. It came from a good team move and a nice feed from George Ford who passed it to me on the inside and made it quite easy for me to go over.

“The conditions in the second half probably didn’t help us too much, there was a lot of wind and rain and the ball was swirling around quite a lot but it was the same for both teams and we just got on with it and made sure we held firm.

England U20 captain Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons):

“We’re happy with how it’s all been going so far in this 6 Nations campaign. But the boys have all put a huge amount of effort in – these wins aren’t happening by accident, they’re the result of a lot of hard work being done behind closed doors in our camps.

“France put up a fight today and it was another tough win for us and although there’s still plenty to work on I think everyone can be happy. The pitch cut up a bit towards the end and we’re a side who like to chuck it around a bit and play expansive rugby but the second half was one for the forwards and they laid the foundations down for the victory.

“We want to have the best defensive record in the competition and so far we’ve conceded three in as many games which isn’t bad going. Everyone’s buying into our system and working hard for each other and that’s exactly what we want to see.”

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