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A hugely disappointing performance from England saw them lose to Scotland 11-6, and to make matters worse, that was the first time they’ve lost to them at Twickenham since 1983.
The scoreline was perhaps a little flattering in England’s favour too, and had the Scots taken all their chances it could have panned out very differently. All in all, it will be back to the drawing board for the hosts.
Italy were dispatched by France in Rome by an even bigger margin than most expected, finishing 50-10. Seven tries by the French inflicted Italy’s 28th straight Six Nations defeat, and now more than ever, people are calling for relegation to become part of the competition.
The Red Roses have won all 22 meetings against the Azzurri since the start of 2000, as the average margin in six head-to-heads since Eddie Jones took over has been 32 points.
The current handicap line is at a high 37 points, and considering the sort of performance Jones’ men put in last weekend, we’d be shocked if they covered that.
Italy +37 Points Handicap
The Italians may have been well and truly beaten against France in their last outing, but Fabian Galthie’s charges are by far the best team in the competition in our eyes, and we don’t see England getting near their 40-point domination.
Only seven times have Italy lost by more than that margin from their 31 Six Nations outings dating back to the start of the 2015 tournament, and that looks a tough ask from a misfiring England side.
In fact, when Jones’ men won the 2020 Six Nations just four months ago due to the enforced covid-19 delay, they only beat Italy by 29 points, and although that came in Rome, we’re expecting this to finish around that 34-5 scoreline.
England have made a complete change in the front row for this encounter, with Mako Vunipola, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Kyle Sinckler all starting, while Courtney Lawes comes into the back row to replace Mark Wilson.
In the backs, the only change sees George Ford replace the rather unfortunate Ollie Lawrence. The young centre went over an hour in their defeat to Scotland without receiving the ball, which should ring some serious alarm bells for the lack of ball delivered to the backline as well as the decisions made by Owen Farrell inside him.