Billy Vunipola contented with England's Six Nations win

Billy Vunipola says England can't be disappointed at missing out on successive Grand Slams
Billy Vunipola says England can't be disappointed at missing out on successive Grand Slams

Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola expressed satisfaction with England's performance in the recently concluded Six Nations 2017 tournament despite missing out on the Grand Slam.

Having retained the Six Nations title with wins in the first four rounds against France, Wales, Italy and Scotland, England lost the final round to Ireland in Dublin which saw them lose the Grand Slam and also missing out on the world record of most consecutive wins by a tier one team, which they now share it with All Blacks.

"The trophy presentation wasn't difficult, for me anyway," the Saracens number eight said.

"We still managed to win the title. Two or three years ago we couldn't get anywhere near it, let alone win a Grand Slam. We won the title - it's very English of us to be disappointed.

"I remember when Ireland won it two years ago - when we couldn't beat France by a certain amount - and they still celebrated it, so we have to celebrate it."

Admitting that a second successive Grand Slam would have been special, the 24-year-old urged the team to learn their lessons from the defeat and move on for the June tour of Argentina which might see the red rose team fielding a relatively inexperienced team as it clashes with the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

"We lost the game but it happens. Obviously the result is not what we wanted, but it happens and we'll be better for it," Vunipola said.

"It's been a great run but, as people keep saying, it was bound to come to an end and unfortunately it did.

"It just shows how hard it is to win a Grand Slam first of all, but even more so to win it back-to-back.

"If you look at the best team in the world and how they react to a loss, they always come back bigger and better and that's the focus for us.

"Eddie was very level-headed afterwards. He thinks about what to say and gives out a clear message.

"The message was to enjoy it because even the best team in the world couldn't get to 19 wins. Obviously we're still chasing that tag...but we'll keep trying."

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