England evens for Six Nations after first win in Wales since 2003

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It was a great weekend for patriotic English punters in the Six Nations as the gamble on England and star winger Chris Ashton reaped rewards.

England were backed into 2/5 on Friday evening to record their first victory at the Millennium Stadium since 2003, and Chris Ashton cost Ladbrokes a five-figure payout after scoring the first try.

After Martin Johnson’s side rewarded the punters confidence with a 26-19 win, England are now as short as 1/1 to win the tournament having opened in the Six Nations betting at 15/8.

Italy are up next in the first of three consecutive home games for England and because of the way the fixtures have fallen this year, England’s final game with Ireland in the Aviva Stadium could be a potential Grand Slam decider.

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England will be very short to beat Italy on Saturday, and punters should take advantage of the 1/1 for England to win the Six Nations now before it shortens again.

Chris Ashton will be relishing the test with Italy on Saturday and his brace against Wales means he dominates the top tryscorer betting at 6/4 having opened at 7/1.

England have scored 28 tries in five Six Nations ties with Italy at Twickenham and Ashton will be a strong bet to get on the scoresheet once again.

In Rome Italy are a different proposition but England should have no problems dealing with Nick Mallet’s side on Saturday and should be in a very dominant position two games into the Championship.

Ireland’s poor performance in Rome sees them available at 4/1 to win the Six Nations with France looking like England’s biggest threat and Marc Lievremont’s side are 7/4 to win the Six Nations.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.