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Shaun Wane says England were ‘not consistent’ and ‘have to do better’ after France win

Shaun Wave was satisfied with England’s 42-18 win over France in Bolton but recognised improvements must be made as they go deeper into the tournament.

After racing into a 18 lead at the University of Bolton Stadium, Wane’s men endured a tough period leading up to half-time as they were pegged back to 18-12.

Despite running away with the game in the second half, England were not quite as impressive as their opening group game, in which they beat Samoa 60-6, and this was something Wane recognised.

“I knew they could do better, we have to do better and some of the things weren’t good enough,” said Wane.

“Even now I feel the same. We did some really good things. We were just not consistent enough. They are really good players.

“It’s a win. It was a good Test match. We will without a shadow of a doubt improve on that. We have a really good team, a real good 24 players and we need to keep that competition up.”

Elaborating on his team selection, Wane made five changes from the opening weekend and he emphasised the need for a competitive squad throughout the tournament.

“I don’t want them to make my team selections easy,” he added. “I want that to be really hard.

“I have got a great group of staff who work really hard to prepare these players and when we pick out team against Greece I want it to be 24 players fighting for their spot.

“We still have to beat Greece. My preparation will be sorting this game out tonight. There will be no sleep and then we are into the Greece week and whatever happens after that we will just take each week as it comes.

“I know that’s an old cliché but that’s the way I look at it. We have our ways of doing things and that’s what we will carry on doing.”

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