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Beleaguered England face uphill Six Nations campaign

Beleaguered England face uphill Six Nations campaign

Beleaguered England face uphill Six Nations campaign

Rugby union´s Six Nations begins on Saturday when England (1/12) play Italy (6/1) at Twickenham, in what is expected to be a gentle warmer for the hosts.

England are priced at 7/2 to win back the trophy they last lifted in 2003, the year they also captured the World Cup for the first time.

A surprise recall will mean Andy Goode comes in at fly-half, replacing Danny Cipriani who has been dropped by Martin Johnson.

Two brothers will play on the same England side for the first time since Tony and Rory Underwood in 1995 when Delon and Steffon Armitage take to the field.

Pacy full-back Delon already has four caps under his belt and impressed during the recent autumn internationals - he is 6/1 to finish the tournament as England´s top try scorer.

The Italians, 66/1 to stun the rugby world by winning the trophy for the first time, have the worst record of any team in the eight-year history of the competition, but are capable of springing a surprise, as they did by beating Wales 23-20 in 2007.

Beleaguered England face uphill Six Nations campaign

Scrum-half Danny Care has told the Sun that every team, including Italy, will now fancy their chances against an England team which lost to Australia, South Africa and New Zealand before New Year.

He said: "The rest of the Six Nations will be smelling blood and circling for the kill. Italy will be massively up for us. They´re a good, physical team who have never beaten England".

Shortly after England have contested the opening match of the 2009 Six Nations, Ireland (4/7) and France (11/8) will do battle at Croke Park in an eagerly-anticipated encounter.

Ireland, 3/1 to become Six Nations champions for the first time since 1985, have proved that they are a match for any team in the Northern Hemisphere and notoriously hard to beat on their home patch.

After losing to a formidable All Black side, Ireland went onto beat Argentina with a performance which bodes well for the France game.

The French backs have been given a reshuffle by coach Marc Lievremont, who picked fly-half Lionel Beauxis, centre Florian Fritz and full-back Clement Poitrenaud to make their first appearances in over 12 months.

France, 7/2 to take the trophy, will be looking to replicate their 20-17 win over Ireland at Croke Park in 2007 - they also won 26-21 last year at the Stade de France.

Beleaguered England face uphill Six Nations campaign

On Sunday, last year´s champions and grand-slam winners Wales (4/7) face off against Scotland (11/8) at Murrayfield.

The Scots, 14/1 to win the Six Nations, have endured a torrid time in recent tournaments, finishing in the top half of the table only once over the past five years.

They will be against a fighting-fit Wales side - 7/4 to retain their crown - which prides itself on immaculate conditioning under the stewardship of the inspiring head coach. Warren Gatland.

Beleaguered England face uphill Six Nations campaign

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