Noves sees France improvements

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Guy Noves was able to find positives from France's Six Nations performance despite his side finishing fifth after Saturday's defeat to England.

France were unable to stop England completing their first Grand Slam since 2003 at Stade de France, the champions running out 31-21 winners thanks to tries from Anthony Watson, Danny Care and Dan Cole.

Despite being behind on the scoreboard for much of the match France were competitive and brought themselves to within two points before a late England rally.

Noves was proud of his side's display and believes they can make further improvements off the back of their Six Nations displays.

"We were beaten by a better team," he said. "We can be proud of our players but there is room for improvement.

"It's a new project and there's things to work on. Sometimes it's the scrum, sometimes it's the line-out, sometimes the kicking game.

"I'm disappointed, not because I expected to win the games, but I'm disappointed for the players. In terms of the desire and the game plan I felt there was progression.

"It might not have been visible but we think they are improving. We might not win straightaway but we'll be competitive.

"I can't say I'm happy we finished fifth but as a new coach I try to focus on the content of the games and if we can progress. I didn't expect to win the title but we always tried to win and we'll try to be lucid on what didn't work.

"We have to move forward and start from here."