England entertain France at Twickenham on Saturday in what is shaping up to be the Six Nations decider, and Martin Johnson has been boosted by the return of Lewis Moody.
Moody took to the field for 23 minutes in Bath’s Guinness Premiership match with Northampton on Sunday after sitting out the last five weeks with ligament damage, but his return causes a headache for Johnson.
Moody may be captain of his country but England have hardly missed him in their opening two games, and as 8/13 favourites to beat France in Saturday’s pivotal clash, punters believe Moody isn’t needed.
England have scored 10 tries in their opening two games of the Six Nations and Moody’s replacement Tom Wood has been one of England’s stand-out stars along with Chris Ashton.
James Haskell would be the man most likely to make way for Moody should the Bath man feature and the tryscorer against Italy would have every right to feel aggrieved should he be left out.
Throwing Moody into the France game having played just 23 minutes of rugby in the last five weeks would surely hand the advantage to France and should Moody play, punters should seriously consider the 6/4 for France to win.
It’s a game which is going to be won in the pack and both sides will need their forward eight to be on top of their game if they are to allow their back line the space in which to play their free flowing rugby.
France’s dominance at the set-piece, coupled with their fabulous flair in the back line has led to many considering them as potential Rugby World Cup champions – they are 12/1 to win the World Cup – and Marc Lievremont’s side will provide England with their stiffest test yet on Saturday.
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