Ireland vs England Week 1
England persevered through a year to overlook in last season’s Six Nations and the weight will be on Eddie Jones’ side to recover the title with the World Cup seemingly within easy reach.
Jones couldn’t take the blame no matter what subsequent to winning the title in his initial two years in control, however England endured a cruel portion of reality last season in the wake of losing three matches to complete fifth in the competition.
Some promising exhibitions amid the fall internationals offer confidence heading into this season yet it doesn’t get a lot harder than an opening match in Dublin against victors Ireland.
- Six Nations since 2000: Six-time winners (2000, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2016, 2017)
- Overall: 28 titles outright (1883, 1884, 1892, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1930, 1934, 1937, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1980, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2016, 2017)
Forwards: Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
Backs: Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens) captain, George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Dan Robson (Wasps), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)