England odds-on favourites to secure first Grand Slam since 2003

England odds-on favourites to secure first Grand Slam since 2003

With Scotland’s defeat of France securing England their first Six Nations title since 2011, William Hill believe Eddie Jones team is a dead cert to secure the nation’s first Grand Slam since 2003.

“England have finally started to realise the potential they have shown for the last few years under Stuart Lancaster and it would be easy to see them going on a spell of dominance in the Six Nations now,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

While Dylan Hartley’s side are 4/11 to beat France in Paris next weekend, those who feel the team aren’t quite ready to lift so prestigious a title are pumping for the odds of 2/1 that the bookmaker has levied upon there being no Grand Slam winner this year.

All of which said, should you be wishing to bet upon the professional most likely to win Player of the Tournament, we’d argue that England second-row Maro Itoje (above) is a sure thing for the award, and this in spite of  him having only started the games against Scotland and Wales.

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