England is ready to face Italy in Six Nations opener

The 2018 Six Nations Championship will begin today – 3 February to end on 17 March 2018. It is contested by defending champions England and the usual participants France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Whales. You can bet on each team you prefer via the best bookmaker accounts.

Steve Borthwick
Bet on rugby via VIP-IBCThis year, the tournament keeps the same point system as in 2017. There are four points awarded for a win and two for a draw. If a team scores four tries in a match, they will be awarded an additional league table point.

While speaking about the first match, their forward coach Steve Borthwick said: “England team are ready to embrace more tricks from Italy after being warned about it several times”.

Steve Borthwick insisted on preparing England for any unusual game plan their opponents may have devised for the weekend at the Stadio Olimpico. This was a lesson learned when Italy employed some tactics to spread confusion for much of the first half at Twickenham last year and in all likelihood, they will have planned several new tricks to level the playing field.

“We want our players to see what’s in front of them and adapt to whatever is posed. We want a team that’s adaptable,” Borthwick said.

On the other hand, the experienced Italian team coached by Conor O’ Shea do not want any troubles and confuse England. Borthwick worries too much about Italy and this makes for a sign of weakness, reinforced by the absences of injured Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes at number eight.

Anyway, the coach affirms: “They have one or two new faces and what that’s meant is that we have focused upon our preparation so that our players are ready for whatever is in front of them.”

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