Six Nations Betting: England on course for the Grand Grand Slam

Eddie Jones has hardly put a foot wrong since taking the reins at England
Eddie Jones has hardly put a foot wrong since taking the reins at England

England's record breaking run under Eddie Jones now stretches to 16 wins in a row and Ralph Ellis expects them to make more history.

"Having got the toughest fixture of the Six Nations out of the way with that epic win in Cardiff, the best value bet on offer right now is odds against at 2.111/10 for England to deliver their second Grand Slam in a row."

There was something hugely significant that both George Ford and Owen Farrell were involved in creating England's winning try in Wales.

The two of them are, unquestionably, the two most creative players available to coach Eddie Jones. Picking which one starts at fly half must be the toughest call the England coach has to take.

What the Australian has done brilliantly, therefore, is to find a way to get both into his starting line-up without compromising their flair and he was rewarded as they made exactly the right moves before sending Elliot Daly into space to sprint home for the winning try.

But then Jones has got all the big decisions right, ever since he took over from Stuart Lancaster in the wake of the disastrous 2015 World Cup. He's brought in the right mentality, trusted his players to act and think like men, created a culture of improvement.

And surely, having got the toughest fixture of the Six Nations out of the way with that epic win in Cardiff, the best value bet on offer right now is odds against at 2.111/10 for England to deliver their second Grand Slam in a row - call it the Grand Grand Slam if you like.

Of course it is a tall order. No side has managed consecutive Grand Slams in the Six Nations era since 2000, and you have to go back to France in 1997 and then 1998 for the last team to achieve it before Italy were added to the tournament. In fact England in 1991 and 1992 are the only others since the Second World War.

But take a look at what's coming. Next up is a home fixture to whipping boys Italy with England 1.011/100 in the Match Odds after Ireland ran in 63 points in Rome. Then comes Scotland, and for all their improvement under Vern Cotter the Twickenham factor will be crucial.

So that only leaves Ireland in the final match in Dublin on March 18 as any sort of serious obstacle to Jones adding another historic step to his journey to make England genuine contenders by the time the next World Cup rolls round.

By the end of the campaign they will have some of their key players back from injury, with Mako Vunipola and Bath wing Anthony Watson both expected to be fit for the Italy game in two weeks time.

And there could be no more fitting venue for this England team to show how far they have come. It was in Dublin in March of 2015 when they last lost a Six Nations match on a day that first revealed the shortcomings in Stuart Lancaster's team which were to be so brutally exposed later that year.

England went there talking about a possible Grand Slam but instead froze in the hostile environment and were soundly beaten.

You sense this England team won't have that problem. They proved that with the way they stood up to a second half battering in the Principality Stadium, tackling with awesome physicality to beat off wave after wave of attacks but keeping their discipline to give a minimum number of penalties away.

Ford and Farrell did their share of the big hits, too. This is an England team with both quality and guts and history is beckoning.

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