England have room to grow - Launchbury

Joe Launchbury says their first loss of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations can act as a catalyst for growth throughout the squad.

The Wasps lock made his 50th appearance for England in the 25-13 defeat at Murrayfield, six years after his debut against Fiji as a replacement.

And the lock believes the loss can be looked at in a larger context of the aim of becoming the best side in the world.

“These are not planned disappointments, we came into this tournament wanting to win as many games as we can," said the 26-year-old.

“We’ve lost, but what it does is show we’re on a journey as a squad together, we feel we’ve got a lot of growth left in us as a team, we feel we can keep improving.

“We haven’t lost many games since Eddie has taken over so this is a good opportunity for us to have a look at some stuff with areas that we can improve and move forward."

We learn from this

The defeat in the Calcutta Cup means it is just a second defeat for Eddie Jones in charge of England in his two-year reign.

England improved after the break and won the second 40 minutes in Edinburgh, but that performance was unable to overturn the Scots advantage built up in the first half.

“We had two weeks of what we felt was really good preparation and obviously we're very disappointed with the way we started the game and we gave ourselves a bit of a mountain to climb in the first half," he added.

"But we can be proud of the second half coming back out and playing some good rugby but ultimately not enough."

England are still right in the mix to defend their NatWest 6 Nations title sitting second in the table, five points behind leaders Ireland who they face in the final round of fixtures on 17 March.

Before that though is a trip to Paris to take on France on 10 March.

“This is done now, we learn from this and we move forward," he added.

“We have two weeks now leading up to the next game, it’s a long wait and we need to get the preparation right and then put in a great performance."