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England Six Nations 2023 Squad and Odds – Can England Win the Six Nations?

With the Rugby World Cup 2023 just around the corner, and a new coach at their helm, England were desperate for a strong Six Nations showing this year.

The England Six Nations campaign got off to a poor start with a loss to Scotland, but the men in white turned things around with consecutive wins over Italy and Wales in rounds two and three. Heading into Round Four, the England Six Nations odds were even beginning to look strong again, as the side put themselves in title contention.

Unfortunately, it was all a façade which came crashing down against France last week. A 53-10 drubbing at home left England in tatters, their Six Nations campaign over for the year. With this in mind, we break down everything you need to know about the England Six Nations squad and winning odds, for those who are looking to do a little betting on the England odds this Six Nations.

England Odds Six Nations

England were third in the betting odds heading into the Six Nations, behind Ireland and France. With two wins and two losses in their first four games, those odds have shifted drastically. In fact, it’s now no longer possible for England to win the Six Nations, and as a result, no bookmakers are offering odds for England to win the Six Nations.

England Six Nations Chances of Winning

Pre-tournament, English fans would have been feeling hopeful about the England Six Nations campaign.

A draw against the All Blacks in late 2022, and a new coach to revitalise their efforts in 2023 would have given some the illusion of this being a successful England Six Nations campaign. Unfortunately, this was not to come to fruition. The chances of England winning the Six Nations in 2023 are now zero.

Latest England Six Nations Game

Last week was a significant reality check for England. The side hosted France in Twickenham, and had 50+ points put on them. France yet again got off to a fast start, scoring in the opening five minutes. A tight 20 minute spell then ensued, before France cracked the English defense another two times.

England scored first in the second half and appeared to be making a game of it at 27-10 with 25 minutes to go—until France scored four tries in 20 minutes, putting England to bed for the Six Nations 2023.

Remaining England Six Nations Games

England have one game remaining in the Six Nations, with this one on the road. Here’s how the rest of the England Six Nations campaign will unfold:

  • Ireland – Away (19th of March)

While England can no longer win the Six Nation 2023, they can still technically finish as high as second (as unlikely as that is) depending on results.

Next England Six Nations Game

To conclude their Six Nations campaign, England will head to Dublin to face an unbeaten Irish side. It’s a tough challenge at the best of times, let alone when Ireland are World No.1, and potentially needing a win in order to claim the Six Nations title. England will have nothing to lose, however, and may well play some lose rugby in an attempt to spoil Ireland’s party.

England Six Nations History

England have a proud history in Six Nations rugby. Since the tournament was created in its current format in 2000, the English have won the Six Nations seven times. Looking at the broader competition, which began as the Home Nations in 1883, England have won the title more than any other team, with 29 outright wins and 10 shared wins.

England Six Nations

Here’s how the past five England Six Nations campaigns have unfolded:

  • 2018—Fifth place
  • 2019—Runners up
  • 2020—Champions
  • 2021—Fifth place
  • 2022—Third place

As these results illustrate, England have been mercurial in recent Six Nations tournaments. They won the competition as recently as 2020, but have also come fifth (essentially last, given nature of Italy as perennial wooden spoon hoggers) twice in the past five years.

Last year’s campaign was a disappointing one, with losses to Scotland, Ireland and France meaning they were third equal, having only managed wins over Italy and Wales.

England Six Nations Squad

The most talked about change to the England Six Nations squad ahead of the tournament was actually off the field, in the form of Eddie Jones being replaced by Steve Borthwick.

However, outside of this, the squad is a mix of youth and experience. Five uncapped players were named in the pre-tournament 36-man squad, while nine previously capped players returned to the English squad after injuries or not being selected previously.

Full Squad List

Forwards

Ollie Chessum, Dan Cole, Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge (VC), Jamie George, Joe Heyes, Jonny Hill, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes (VC), Lewis Ludlam, George McGuigan, Bevan Rodd, Sam Simmonds, Kyle Sinckler, Mako Vunipola, Jack Walker and Jack Willis.

Backs

Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell (C), Tommy Freeman, Ollie Hassell-Collins, Dan Kelly, Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Alex Mitchell, Cadan Murley, Henry Slade, Henry Arundell, Fin Smith, Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, Manu Tuilagi, Jack van Poortvliet and Ben Youngs.

About the author

Bren Gray

Bren is our resident Kiwi, and has been playing or watching sports down under in New Zealand for the better part of three decades. With 12+ years experience as a professional writer, Bren loves to dive deep into all things sport to bring the best betting analysis and breaking news here at Pundit Feed.