Can England lift the Six Nations trophy?
Despite naming an inexperienced side to face Scotland this Saturday, England are 4/6 favourites with William Hill to win their opening match to the 2012 Six Nations. England interim head coach Stuart Lancaster has included only six players from the World Cup quarter-final defeat by France so with a relatively young and fresh side, can England lift the Six Nations trophy?
Lancaster has nothing to lose really so it's not surprising to see him take a little bit of a gamble and name a new look England team. Amongst the team to face Scotland, Lancaster has handed three players their debuts. Phil Lawson will join up with new England skipper Chris Robshaw and Tom Croft to make up the back row and Saracens duo Owen Farrell and Brad Barritt will be hoping to replicate their club form in England's centres.
If England are going to stand any chance of lifting the Six Nations trophy (9/2 totesport) they must go out and make a statement in their opening match. One man that could lead England to victory is Chris Aston. The Northampton winger, who has already scored 15 tries at international level, is 9/4 with Ladbrokes to score at any time and 12/1 (Paddy Power) to bag himself a brace.
One thing you can guarantee is that England will have to be at their very best if they are going to overturn a much more experienced Scotland side. It's 11/8 (William Hill) for Scotland to put England to the sword and evens (BetVictor) they win with a handicap start of three points.
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