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Debutants delighted with England win

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Dowson started the Calcutta Cup match while Dickson came off the bench as a second half replacement. Their game time meant that they became the ninth and tenth Saints players to represent the club on the international stage this season, following in the footsteps of Vasily Artemyev, Chris Ashton, Ben Foden, Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, George Pisi, Soane Tonga'uiha and Tom Wood.

Both were understandably delighted to have helped England retain the Calcutta Cup in the 13-6 win at Murrayfield.


"A few of the boys from the club got in contact," Dowson told the Chronicle and Echo. "It was great to hear from those guys.


"On a wet night up in Edinburgh to get a win showed a lot of heart and you can't buy that."


Dickson said that the experience had been a dream come true.


"All you want to do when you're growing up is play for England and now I've achieved that I'm just so grateful," he commented. "I'm so happy I can't really put it into words at the moment. When you're playing for your country you're playing at the pinnacle of rugby for what you want when you're growing up.


"It was a magical moment for myself and my family. I've been looking forward to it and to finally get on was amazing."


Despite the win, all of the Saints players involved in Edinburgh said that things had to improve before England's next Six Nations game in Rome this coming Saturday.


"There's lots of things we need to work on but as far as the attitude and application goes Saturday was excellent," Dowson added. "We did lots of things very well in defence and lots of things not so well in attack so there are lots of things we need to work on, but in terms of setting our stall out it was great."