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Stylish England cut for grand slam

Favourites off to perfect Six Nations start

Sam Simmonds of England breaks through to score against Italy
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England are evens from a pre-tournament best of 11-10 to win the Six Nations after beating Italy 46-15 in their opener in Rome yesterday.

Eddie Jones’s side failed to cover the nine-point first-half handicap when going in just 17-10 in front at the break, but those who took full-game lines of up to 22 points were able to collect after a strong finish from the favourites.

Ireland, who pounced late to beat France 15-13 on Saturday, remain on their original price of 13-8 with Wales the big movers at 8-1 from 18-1 after thrashing Scotland 34-7. The Scots are out to 50-1 from 11-1 with France 66-1 shots.

England, for whom Anthony Watson and Sam Simmonds bagged two tries each, are 9-4 from 5-2 for the grand slam, with no winner 6-5 and Ireland 3-1 from 7-2 having negotiated a tricky away game.

Ireland are at home to Italy this week and have been made early 28-point favourites.

England host Wales at Twickenham and are asked to give up 11 points by most firms, while Scotland are favoured by five points for their home game against France on Sunday.

Betfair and Paddy Power make Ireland 4-11 favourites betting without England, with France 5-1 and Wales 13-2.


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England next host Wales at Twickenham and are asked to give up 11 points by most firms
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