England are progressing “week by week” and although there is still “a long way to go”, the 23-22 victory against Ireland on Saturday at the Six Nations Tournament is “another step in the right direction”, he said. said coach Steve Borthwick.

“I am really happy for the players, they have worked exceptionally hard” since the start of the Tournament and this victory is a “perceptible reward” for their efforts, he said at a press conference. “We have progressed every week, the different aspects of our game have progressed,” he added, referring to “an equally important victory for the supporters”. “Twickenham was magnificent tonight, the fans left with smiles,” he continued.

England had not won against Ireland since 2020. They also remained in the Tournament with two narrow victories against Italy and Wales, then a defeat in Scotland which was accompanied by numerous criticisms of the game deployed.

“The team has progressed, it is progressing week after week. Sometimes progress is visible, everyone sees it, everyone talks about it, and sometimes it is less obvious,” he highlighted. Concerning the team, “there is still a long way to go, but it is another step in the right direction,” replied Borthwick, who took over as head of the team in December 2022. At his side, the Captain Jamie George expressed his satisfaction, both personally and collectively: “It’s probably one of the most emotional and proudest days in my career,” said the Saracens hooker, bereaved by the death. of his mother during the Tournament.

“There were doubts after the performance in Scotland, and probably rightly so, but internally we didn’t listen to the outside noise,” he said. “For us, it’s a really special day to have managed to beat a team like Ireland, who for me are the best team in the world at the moment,” he said.

Author of the last try for England, Ben Earl was more offensive in front of the camera, railing against “all the nonsense thrown in the face of this team during the week. Apparently we are the worst England team ever,” he quipped. “People don’t see half of what we do, but they can write what they want,” he added on ITV.