England on the up and up

England's Shontayne Hape celebrates as Ben Foden goes over to score the only try of the game during the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham
England's Shontayne Hape celebrates as Ben Foden goes over to score the only try of the game during the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham
Pompey skipper Brett Pitman Picture: Joe Pepler

Jackett hails Pompey’s captain courageous

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Only one try but England’s win over France in the Six Nations was stirring theatre at Twickenham.

Premature to start making extravagant forecasts but this team are improving into serious World Cup outsiders.

Taming the French in a grudge match will build confidence further in a team which has a good sheen of self-belief.

Martin Johnson, who took a long time to settle in the job, is looking like a Svengali figure now.

Relaxed enough to let the players break camp for an afternoon on the eve of the match, he just carries a massive understated authority.

But, better than that, he is producing a winning side who play attractive rugby.