Six nations grand slam - simple

Andy Goode says the current England team could win a Six Nations Grand Slam

Make no mistake about it, England have every chance of landing a Six Nations Grand Slam this season.

Yes, there will b a lot of pressure them and yes, they have a couple of potentially difficult away games at Ireland and Wales.

They are also a very inexperienced bunch of players with Leicester Tigers prop Dan Cole the most experienced of all the starters for the Scotland game with 35 caps.

But that inexperience can also lead to a lack of fear and England showed what they could do when they played their game against New Zealand in the autumn internationals.

Whatever certain pundits may have said about the All Blacks being tired that day, I know for certain that result will have given the whole England squad a great deal of confidence and belief in what they were doing.

Wins over the All Blacks that convincingly, don’t come easily.

They should start with a relatively comfortable win over the Scots at Twickenham on Saturday but it will be their game against the Irish in Dublin the following weekend that, I believe, will be the key game in any Grand Slam ambitions.

Ireland may not have been at their best recently, but they are still a really good team and, at home, they rarely lose.

England should then beat Italy and I also think they will beat the French at home. France have some great players but both the national team and their club sides tend to travel so poorly and I think that will be the case again this year.

If Stuart Lancaster’s side are still unbeaten by the final weekend, they will have to beat Wales in Cardiff to land a Grand Slam. For me, there has never been a better time to go to Wales and win with all the injuries they have and the way they have been playing in the autumn.

Of course, the Welsh will always raise their game when they play England at any sport. But if England enter the Millennium Stadium unbeaten, I think they will win again.

All they have got to do now is go out on the pitch and complete the job.

Simple isn’t it?


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