The scrum-half was at the heart of an 18-9 defeat of the Wolfhounds and also praised a young side’s efforts.
“It was really nice,” he said. “The first time leading an England team is always going to be a proud moment.
“It’s an honour to captain any age group or representative side and it was obviously good to get the win.
“It was a lovely pitch actually and quite a nice night. It probably wasn’t the best rugby match ever but a good win in the fact that they probably had double to triple our caps. I thought the boys got stuck in and did really well.”
Dickson has already tasted captaincy at a club level with the Saints, but says that leading any side is not a solo job.
“It’s not a big change for me at all really. There are a lot of leaders around the place anyway so you don’t need to rant and rave. The group do a lot of the talking for you and it’s just down to you to make a few calls here and there.
“It’s all great experience for me and hopefully over the next couple of weeks with Dyls away I’ll get the opportunity to do a bit more captaincy.”