England Edging Towrds Six Nations Succcess with World Cup Looming

Will England enter the World Cup as Six Nations Champions? A solid start to the European tournament has raised expectations for both competitions.

England’s excellent start to the Six Nations has them flying high at the top of the table. While they were far from their best in a 30 point victory over Italy in their second game; one mustn’t forget their courageous win against Wales in the tournament’s opening match. So what can they achieve in this competition? A Triple Crown? The Championship Trophy? Perhaps even a Grand Slam? We’ll know the answer to at least 1, possibly 2 of those questions at the end of England’s third game. It’s the defending champions In Ireland up next before facing Scotland and France.

Looking further ahead and the World Cup hosts already have an eye on Rugby’s showpiece event beginning in September. On this form and riding the superb support of their patriotic fans, England will believe they can beat anyone. The Bookies have installed perineal favourites New Zealand as the team to overcome but England find themselves on the second on the line of betting. The 2003 World Cup winners are just under $5 to triumph once more.

Win Over Wales Boosts World Cup Confidence

England’s win over the Welsh in Cardiff sent shockwaves through Wales. Stuart Lancaster’s side were missing more than 10 players through injury but the undermanned underdogs stunned the Red Dragons. The visitors produced a stunning second half comeback to turn an 8 point half time deficit into a 21 to 16 victory. The win was monumental for England’s Six Nations campaign but also for their World Cup hopes. They’ll face Wales in the group stage and having beat their opponents away; the men in white will be confident they can get the job done once again at Twickenham. They’ll also take on Australia in the group of death but England are around even money favourites to finish first.

Six Nations Showdown with Ireland to Decide Champions?

England are even shorter odds to win the Six Nations Championship for the first times since 2011. Having started with 2 wins from 2 games they’re less than even money to win the tournament. But would punters be willing to take such short odds when England are yet to play the current Holders in Dublin? Ireland have also begun with back to back wins after kicking their way past France in week 2 and the winner of the Round 3 showdown will surely take a giant step towards lifting the silverware. The home side will be out to create history when they aim for ten straight test victories for the first time. So who will win the battle at the Aviva Stadium and will the victor go on to claim the Six Nations trophy?