He said: "We have improved week by week but this was one hurdle we could not get over.
"We had the chances but England proved too strong for us in the second half.
"We were confident and went out with the attitude that we had nothing to lose. We were bold and we have taken them on but unfortunately we could not quite build on that.
"The guys should be proud of what they have achieved. They have worked so hard but we have got the Six Nations to look forward to and a lot of the guys here will still be around for a few years to come."