With England and Wales set for massive tests against both New Zealand and Australia it would take monumental efforts for the northern hemisphere sides to come out on top of their southern counterparts.
And taking those BIG efforts in mind Ladbrokes have come up with a BIG Price Double to reflect the size of the respective tasks facing England and Wales by pricing a win for both countries at 12/1.
Both England and Wales’ records against New Zealand and Australia make similar reading with both sides winning just once in their last 10 attempts against their respective opponents.
Stuart Lancaster’s side were on the end of a 3-0 beating at the hands of the All Blacks last summer but it’s fair to say they have closed the gap on the world’s number one side since then.
And while New Zealand are the overwhelming favourites for victory in west London, who can forget that famous November afternoon back in 2012 when Chris Robshaw’s side dismantled the Kiwis to claim a memorable 38-21 win.
Manu Tuilagi may not be in the side this time around because of injury but with the likes of captain Robshaw, Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Tom Wood and Danny Care all still around the squad, England have the experience and firepower to lay down a marker again ahead of next year’s World Cup.
With players like Courtney Lawes, Billy Vunipola, Kyle Eastmond and Semesa Rokoduguni all coming to the fore since that 2012 victory, Lancaster’s men also have plenty of X-factor as look to pull off the hardest assignment in world rugby.
Wales will also want to put down a marker ahead of next year’ World Cup with victory over an Australia side full of problems at the Millennium Stadium.
It’s been a problematic 15 months for the Wallabies with three head coaches presiding over the squad during that period and with the backing of a ferocious home crowd, Wales will be scenting blood.
Under Warren Gatland Wales have lost all six of their opening autumn internationals and the Kiwi coach is desperate to put that right when the Aussies visit Cardiff.
Wales have led Australia heading into the final six minutes in three of their last four defeats and with reported vigorous training sessions during the build-up to the November matches, punters will be hoping the Welsh don’t run out of puff this time around.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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