England are being well backed to win the 2019 rugby union Six Nations after their narrow defeat to New Zealand on Saturday.
Eddie Jones’ injury-hit side established an early 15-0 lead before the world champions hit back to move 16-15 ahead going into the closing stages, when the hosts were denied a winning try thanks to a marginal offside call.
While defeat was a bitter disappointment for England, there were signs that they could go toe-to-toe with the world champions despite operating without several key players.
Also gaining some momentum with three months to go until their first Six Nations match are Wales, who beat Australia for the first time in 10 years. Two penalties from Leigh Halfpenny and one from the boot of Dan Biggar gave Wales a tense 9-6 win at the Principality Stadium. It was their seventh Test victory in succession, but ended a run of 13 straight defeats against the Wallabies stretching back to 2008.
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