2016 Six Nations: England claim first Grand Slam in 13 years after defeating France in Paris

England have swept all before them to win a Grand Slam for the first time in 13 years, under new coach Eddie Jones

2016 Six Nations: England claim first Grand Slam in 13 years after defeating France in Paris
England captain Dylan Hartley lifts the Six Nations trophy (image via: getty)

England confirmed their first Grand Slam victory in 13 years, after defeating France 31-21 at the Stade de France in Paris

With the Six Nations title wrapped up following the victory over Wales last weekend, this win against the French caps off an excellent tournament for the English who have defeated all before them. 

For a team who performed so hopelessly during their home World Cup six months ago, the turnaround in such a short space of time has been very pleasing for new coach Eddie Jones. The Australian has masterminded the five-win campaign with many of the same players utilised under the previous reigime. 

Mike Brown and Billy Vunipola celebrate at the full-time whistle (image via: the Guardian)

England cap Grand Slam with three-try victory in Paris

All week in the build-up to their final fixture, England had been earmarked as heavy favourites to beat the French in Paris. Under Guy Noves, France had been extremely underwhelming over the past few weeks, yet they were always likely to enjoy playing the role of spoilers. 

Not one professional sportsman on the planet wants to see the opposition celebrating on their patch, and the French gave all they could, but it proved to be short of what was required to stop England making it five wins from five. 

First half tries from Danny Care and Dan Cole, were followed up by an excellent attacking move finished off by Anthony Watson after the break, to hand England victory, outscoring their opponents three tries to nil.

Anthony Watson stretches out for his try (image via: JMP/REX/Shutterstock)

Maxime Machenaud was perfect with the boot for France, nailing all seven of his penalty attempts, but they never really showed enough desire to get close to crossing for a try of their own. 

Saracens forward trio George KruisMaro Itoje and Billy Vunipola all stood out for England once more, and have played huge roles in the change in fortunes in such a short space of time. 

England enjoy their Grand Slam success (image via: Anthony Watson, Instagram)

Jones bullish following quick start

After masterminding Japan's incredible victory over South Africa during the Rugby World Cup, Eddie Jones was the man chosen to take over as England coach, and he has made the fastest possible impact.

He has been extremely bullish in his approach, making many claims about how this England side expected to win the Six Nations just six months out from the most devastating of times, and he has backed them up.

Following the win in Paris, Jones has already claimed that he will have an England side ready to beat the world number one All Blacks in 'two to three years'.

Jones' contract runs until the next World Cup in Japan in 2019, and this Grand Slam is only seen as the start of the process by Jones and his players, with plenty of development still left to come if the successful youth sides of recent times are anything to go by. 

The 56-year-old, nicknamed 'Fast Eddie' has made a fast start as England coach, but he knows his work has only just begun.