In just over two weeks, England travel to the Millennium Stadium to face Wales in the opening match of the 2011 Six Nations and Nick Easter is ready to lead his country into battle.
It’s likely that Easter will be handed the captaincy after Lewis Moody confirmed he will miss the opening two games, and the number eight will lead the 15/8 favourites in the Six Nations betting as they search for their first tournament victory since 2003.
In that same year England won the Rugby World Cup and Martin Johnson’s side have Rugby World Cup odds of 11/1 to emerge victorious when the world’s best meet in New Zealand in September.
Johnson will surely be targeting the Six Nations/World Cup double and a £25 stake on England repeating their 2003 feat would return a massive £862.50 – new customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.
But to win the Six Nations Johnson will have to figure out how to cope with the losses of Moody, Courtney Lawes and Tom Croft, a trio of influential players in England’s pack.
Joe Worsley, Hendrie Fourie, Steffon Armitage on Tom Wood are all in contention to fill the gaps left by Moody and Croft, as England look to get off to a winning start against Wales.
The fixtures haven’t been kind to England as Johnson’s side have to travel to Wales and Ireland and a triple crown, priced at 11/4, will be a difficult task to pull off.
However those punters who believe that the Welsh and Irish camps aren’t at their best can back England at 9/2 to win the Grand Slam, and with France having to travel to Twickenham, it seems a reasonable price.
Scotland and Italy shouldn’t prove too difficult to beat at Twickenham and England are strong candidates in the Six Nations betting.
A £25 stake on England winning the Six Nations winning would return £71.87. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.